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ostia See ostium

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Proper noun

  1. an ancient town in Italy at the mouth of the Tiber; the harbour of ancient Rome

Extensive Definition

Ostia may refer to:
  • Ostia Antica, a township and port of ancient Rome
  • Ostia (town) , a modern township (also called Ostia Lido or Lido di Ostia) on the Tyrrhenian Sea coast, near Rome, Italy.
Usually, when modern Roman people say «Ostia» they refer to the modern town, not the nearby archaeological site.
It can also refer to either of two modern districts of Rome:
  • Ostia is also the plural of ostium.
ostia in French: Ostia
ostia in Italian: Ostia
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