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Pontine Marshes


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • An area of central Italy between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apennine foothills. Formerly a malarial breeding ground, the land was drained during the 1930s to produce fertile farmland.


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  • They are at home in the marshes of southern Iraq and of the Amazon, the tidal plains near Darwin, Australia, the Pontine Marshes in south-central Italy, the Orinoco Basin of Venezuela, and other areas.

    5 Adaptability and Environmental Tolerance

  • This strange theory was formulated by Lancisi in 1714, on the occasion of the proposed clearing of a forest belonging to the Caetani family, and lying between the Pontine Marshes and the district of Cistema.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 458, October 11, 1884

  • Pontine Marshes, on the shore of the Mediterranean.

    De vita Caesarum

  • About a hundred years ago Pope Pius VI. drained the Pontine Marshes, and restored other parts of the road, and made it available as the ordinary land-route from Rome to Naples.

    Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood

  • The female parent, a massive matron, would certainly never send those winsome children into the Pontine Marshes, not for a single day, not for their weight in gold.


  • Cadore, I returned to Naples by the Pontine Marshes and Terracina, where the strains of Auber's Fra Diavolo kept springing to my lips.

    Memoirs (Vieux Souvenirs) of the Prince de Joinville

  • Campagna of Rome, once inhabited by numerous tribes, is now an almost uninhabited desert, and that the Pontine Marshes, formerly the abode of thirty nations, are now a pestilential swamp.

    Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3) The Turks in Their Relation to Europe; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Apollonius of Tyana; Primitive Christianity

  • Campagna and over the beautiful hills of Albano, and sped through the solemn Pontine Marshes, and stopped to roost at Terracing (which was not at all like Fra Diavolo's Terracing at Covent Garden, as J.J. was distressed to remark), and so, galloping onwards through a hundred ancient cities that crumble on the shores of the beautiful Mediterranean, behold, on the second day as they ascended a hill about noon.

    The Newcomes

  • Started from Velletri at six in the morning; went very quick over the Pontine Marshes (which form an avenue of about twenty miles, quite straight, shaded with trees, and with vegetation of remarkable luxuriance on each side) to Terracina (Anxur), where we breakfasted in a room looking upon the sea.

    The Greville Memoirs A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV, Volume 1 (of 3)

  • Each time a group of men passed us on the road I feared it might be a gang of assassins, and by the time we reached the edge of the Pontine Marshes at twilight, after a hard day’s traveling, my nerves were fairly well shredded.



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