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THE DESTRUCTION OF TREBULA


Unfortunately the current knowledge of Trebula Balliensis don't agree to value exactly in wich age it stopped its existence. Probably, we will never know. Yet we can do some approximate suppositions on the grounds of the discovered objects. At Treglia several coins of "Costantino il Grande" and "Giustino I" and "Giustiniano I" (530 A.D.) were discovered. Therefore, Trebula wasn't destroyed in 300 A.D., as some people supposes. Trebula should be destroyed between the 600 A.D. and the 900 A.D. There are two different assumptions:
  • A strong earthquake; we don't know if the earthquake wich destroyed Capua in 685 A.D. or that striked Alife in 865 A.D.
  • The devastations of the Saracens.
There are a lot of doubts about the second assumption. In fact, Trebula, Cubulteria and Rufrae are never named among the towns assailed by the Saracens, though they were along the itinerary more than once covered by them. There aren't references fo these towns in public or private or ecclesiastical documents, neither in historical documents. We can assume these towns were already depopulated and destroyed. Instead it is more reasonable to assume that Trebula was destroyed by a strong earthquake. This assumption was confirmed by the discovery, during the excavation in 1976, of some human skeletons. They were discovered in the thermal environments.

 

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