A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 16 of 493
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A HISTORY OF VERONA
THE origin of Verona is still an unsolved problem. It
is known that the Romans found a town there when
they first penetrated north of the Po, but no classical writer
has anything certain to say of either the nationality of its
inhabitants or the date of its foundation. It has been
suggested that the original Veronese were Cimbrians, on the
supposition that the Raudian plain, where Marius defeated the
Cimbrians in 1oI B.C., was near Verona, a supposition borne
out by the existence of a settlement of so-called Cimbrians in
the mountains north-east of the city, the German-speaking
Thirteen Communes. But it is now held that the Raudian
plain is near Vercelli, while Count Carlo Cipolla has shown,
by the aid of a large mass of documentary evidence, that the
region of the Thirteen Communes was uninhabited till late in
the thirteenth century, when it was colonised by German immigrants.l
In 89 B.c. Verona, in common with the other cities of Gallia
Transpadana, received the Latin franchise. Forty years later
the full franchise was conferred on the Transpadanes by Julius
Caesar. Under the early Emperors Verona was raised to the
position of a colony, and received the name of Colonia Au1Le
popolazioni dei Tredici Comuni Veronesi, C. Cipolla, D. V. S. P., series iv.,
vol. ii.; Di alcune recentissime opinion intorno alla storia dei Tredici Comuni
Veronesi, C. Cipolla, D. V. S. P., series iv., vol. iv. The Seven Communes,
another German-speaking " island" in the Vicentine mountains, probably had a
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Allen, A. M. A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps., book, 1910; New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1025/m1/16/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .