A ROMAN CANAL. This article (link from Instapundit) describes the discovery by archaeologists of an enormous canal connecting the new port at Portus (new in the reign of Emperor Claudius) to Ostia, the old port for Rome. Ostia was 15 miles from Rome along the Tiber River. The canal is about as wide as an American football field is long. Its width dramatizes the scale of the imports arriving in Rome by way of the Tiber. “The dig … is shedding light on the extraordinary trading network that the Romans developed throughout the Mediterranean basin.”

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