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An article from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, now in the public domain.
Any color photos are mine, © William P. Thayer.

p108 Camerino

Camerino (anc. Camerinum, q.v.), a city and episcopal see (since 465, if not sooner; Treia is now combined with it)a of the Marches, Italy, in the province of Macerata, 6 m. S of the railway station of Castelraimondo (to which there is an electric tramway)b which is 24 m. W of Macerata; 2148 ft. above sea-level. Pop. (1901) of town, 4005; of commune, 12,083.c The cathedral is modern, the older building having fallen in 1799; the church of S. Venanzio suffered similarly, but preserves a portal of the 15th century. The citadel, perhaps constructed from the plans of Leonardo da Vinci, dates from 1503. Camerino occupies the site of the ancient Camerinum, the inhabitants of which (Camertes Umbri) became allies of the Romans in 310 B.C. (at the time of the attack on the Etruscans in the Ciminian Forest). On the other hand, the Καμέρτοι referred to in the history of the year 295 B.C. are probably the inhabitants of Clusium. Later it appears as a dependent autonomous community with the foedus aequum (Mommsen, Röm. Staatsrecht, iii.664). Two cohorts of Camertes fought with distinction under Marius against the Cimbri. It was much affected by the conspiracy of Catiline, and is frequently mentioned in the Civil Wars; under the empire it was a municipium. It belonged to ancient Umbria, but was on the borders of Picenum. No ancient buildings are visible, the Roman level lying as much as 30 ft. below the modern.

See P. Savini, Storia della Città di Camerino (2nd ed., Camerino, 1895); M. Mariani, Intorno agli antichi Camerti Umbri (Camerino, 1900).

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Thayer's Notes:

a This may confuse the reader. Treia is very much a separate town; it is the diocese which combined Treia and Camerino. In 2003, however, Treia was part of the diocese of Macerata (Tolentino, Recanati, Cingoli, and Treia), and the diocese of Camerino is also officially that of S. Severino as well.

b No longer. Train travellers arriving in Castelraimondo reach Camerino by a connecting bus.

c In 2000, the official census figures gave Camerino 7,297 inhabitants.


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