Pollentia, known today as Pollenzo, was an ancient city on the left
bank of the Tanaro. It is now a frazione (parish) of Bra in the
Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, northern Italy.
During the Antiquity
Pollentia belonged to the Ligurian Statielli,
Augusta Bagiennorum (modern Roncaglia in the Comune of Bene Vagienna)
being 16 km to the south. Its position on the road from Augusta
Taurinorum (modern Turin) to the coast at Vada Sabatia (modern Vado
Ligure, near Savona), at the point of divergence of a road to Hasta
(modern Asti) gave it military importance. Decimus Brutus managed to
occupy it an hour before
Mark Antony in 43 BC. Here
Stilicho on April
6, 402, fought the
Battle of Pollentia with Alaric I, which though
undecided led the
Goths to evacuate Italy.
The place was famous for its brown wool and pottery. Today it is home
University of Gastronomic Sciences
University of Gastronomic Sciences which offers undergraduate,
graduate and masters programs focused on gastronomy and food tourism.
According to the
1911 Encyclopædia Britannica
1911 Encyclopædia Britannica considerable remains of
ancient buildings, including an amphitheater, a theater and a temple
were still in existence, although the so-called temple of Diana was
more probably a tomb.
Pollentia: la Pollenzo romana (in Italian), from the website of the
Comune of Bra, gives a short history of Pollentia, covering both the
Roman town and its subsequent history.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in
the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pollentia".
Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Coordinates: 44°41′05″N 7°53′45″E / 44.684739°N
7.895866°E / 44.684739; 7.895866
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