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2009-08-09 09:20:00

A sprawling country villa believed to be the birthplace of Vespasian, the Roman emperor who built the Colosseum, was unearthed on Friday, The Associated Press reported. Lead archaeologist Filippo Coarelli said the 2,000-year-old ruins were found about 80 miles northeast of Rome, near Cittareale.Experts say the 150,000-square-feet complex was at the center of an ancient village called Falacrine, Vespasian's hometown.Coarelli said that while there are no inscriptions to attribute it for sure,...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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