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Cannae (mod. Canne della Battaglia) is an ancient village of the Apulia region of south east Italy. It is a frazione of the comune of Barletta.



It is situated near the river Aufidus (the modern Ofanto), on a hill on the right (i.e. , south) bank, 9.6 km (6 miles) southwest from its mouth, and 9 km southwest from Barletta.


It is primarily known for the Battle of Cannae, in which the numerically superior Roman army suffered a disastrous defeat by Hannibal in 216 BC (see Punic Wars). There is a considerable controversy as to whether the battle took place on the right or the left bank of the river.

In later times the place became a municipium, and remains of an unimportant Roman town still exist upon the hill known as Monte di Canne. In the Middle Ages it became a bishopric, and again saw military action in the second battle of Cannae, twelve centuries after the more famous one (1018). Ultimately the town was destroyed in 1276. Saint Roger of Cannes, (c. 1060 - 1138), was the most notable of the bishops.

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Notes and references

  • Hammond, N.G.L. & Scullard, H.H. (Eds.) (1970). The Oxford Classical Dictionary (p. 201). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-869117-3.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (Eleventh ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Coordinates: 41°17′47″N 16°09′06″E / 41.29639°N 16.15167°E / 41.29639; 16.15167

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