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Castle of Sellano (PG)
Sellano is a castle of poggio that rises at an altitude of mt. 640 s. the. m., in a dominant position on the valley of the river Vigi, a tributary of the Nera. Much has been reasoned around his name. The toponym is in fact the type that technically defines itself as predial, that is linked to a praedium, to a land possession. Predial toponyms are derived from a name or from a Latin nobility followed by the suffix of belonging -anum: over the centuries, despite the passages, the trace of that property has been preserved, reaching up to the medieval age and then up to us . The historic Spoletino Severo Minervio, identified the inhabitants of Sellano with the Syillates mentioned by Pliny the Elder in the third book of his "Naturalis Historia". Minervio strengthened the statement by quoting two inscriptions, relevant to a Suzhou gens attested in the area. Ludovico Jacobilli wrote instead that "Sillano or Sellano, already castle, hoggi walled earth of the diocese and territory of Spoleto" would have been built by the followers of Lucio Cornelio Silla at the time of civil wars (1st century BC). The emblem of the village depicts St. Michael the Archangel standing over a saddle, alluding to a completely different reading of the toponym, understood as referring to "saddle" in the sense of a pass, step.

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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16660 W: 130 N: 34416] (191437)
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