"A time long forgotten" by Jon Clifton - Mostphotos

A time long forgotten

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Item #239834 | Published 5/1/08
The city was less lucky after a second invasion, in 275. For some time, Xanten was a ghost town. Another factor may have been the acidification of the soil, which made it hard to produce barley and wheat. At the end of the third century, the Roman emperor Constantius I Chlorus restored order. The town was refounded with exceptionally strong walls, and this suggests that it was no longer a civil settlement but had become the military base of the Thirtieth legion Ulpia Victrix.
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