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Talamone (Grosseto province)

A town of southern Tuscany, a frazione of Orbetello: 42°26N, 11°2E. Altitude: 32 m. Population in 2001: 345.

[image ALT: A rural seashore under very dark threatening storm clouds, but as of yet, no rain. In the foreground, the land slopes gently to the sea, with a clump of three or four houses amid some trees, and the square belfry of a church poking up out of them; in the distance, across the water, another shore with a long but low mountain. It is a view of Talamone, in Tuscany (central Italy).]

The church marks the center of town: Talamone is small.

Talamone, in Antiquity Telamon, is a small fishing port now a frazione of Orbetello, but its very ancient history includes a major battle fought in 225 B.C. (for which, see Polybius, II.27‑31, and the link in the navigation bar at the foot of this page), and in 87 B.C. the return of Marius to Italy (Plutarch, Life of Marius, 41): if you're not an ancient history buff, this latter event was very much like the return of Napoleon to France from Elba. Anyhow, I've been to Talamone very briefly — in very bad weather, as you can see — but a slightly fuller website will eventually be forthcoming. Right now:

[image ALT: A stormy sea-coast with a large house on a rock, and several small reefs. It is a view of Talamone, Tuscany (central Italy).]

If you're planning a trip to the area, you may find it useful to read the Jan. 1, 1997 entry of my diary, with one more photograph; for more complete and detailed general information on the town, you should see the websites in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page, of course.

[image ALT: A stylized representation of a metal hand-mirror, taken from the binding of a book. It is an Etruscan mirror motif representing that book, George Dennis's 'Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria'.]

But mostly, having found this page, the serious student with an interest in the Etruscans will not want to miss the chapter on Telamone in George Dennis's Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria. The remains of the Etruscan port had not yet been found, but the chapter is an interesting one.

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Page updated: 11 May 23