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Ravenna is a city and comune in the Emilia-Romagna
region of Italy. The city is inland, but is
connected to the Adriatic Sea by a canal.
Ravenna once served as the seat of the Western
Roman Empire and later the Ostrogothic kingdom.
It is presently the capital of the province of
Ravenna. At 652.89 km² (252.08 sq mi), Ravenna
is the second-largest comune in land area in
Italy, although it is only a little more than
half the size of the largest, Rome.
The origins of Ravenna are uncertain.
The first settlement is variously attributed to
the Tyrrhenians, the Thessalians or the Umbrians.
Ravenna consisted of houses built on piles on a
series of small islands in a marshy lagoon - a
situation similar to Venice several centuries
later. The Romans ignored it during their
conquest of the Po River Delta, but later
accepted it into the Roman Republic as a
federated town in 89 BC. In 49 BC, it was the
location where Julius Caesar gathered his forces
before crossing the Rubicon. Later, after his
battle against Mark Antony in 31 BC, Emperor
Augustus founded the military harbor of Classe.
This harbor, protected at first by its own walls,
was an important station of the Roman imperial
fleet. Nowadays the city is landlocked, but
Ravenna remained an important seaport on the
Adriatic until the early Middle Ages.
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