Groma of the Legionary Base at Lambaesis

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Carole Raddato
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published on 21 December 2022

The legionary base at Lambaesis in modern-day Algeria was founded shortly before Hadrian's (r. 117-138 CE) visit to the North African provinces in 128 CE. It was the camp of the third legion (Legio III Augusta). The camp covered an area of 21 hectares and had a defensive wall measuring 500 x 420 m. The groma was a rectangular building located at the centre of any new military camp, i. e. the point where the surveyors used their groma instrument to lay out the fortress plan.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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APA Style

Raddato, C. (2022, December 21). Groma of the Legionary Base at Lambaesis. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/16830/groma-of-the-legionary-base-at-lambaesis/

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Raddato, Carole. "Groma of the Legionary Base at Lambaesis." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 21, 2022. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/16830/groma-of-the-legionary-base-at-lambaesis/.

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Raddato, Carole. "Groma of the Legionary Base at Lambaesis." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 21 Dec 2022. Web. 04 Feb 2023.

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