Roman Malta

  title={Roman Malta},
  author={Roman Malta},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={23 - 80}
  • Roman Malta
  • Published 1 November 1915
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
The Maltese islands, Malta, the ancient Melite, Gozo, the ancient Gaulus, and three lesser islets, lie in the centre of the Mediterranean in a significant position. They command the highway of sea-borne traffic between east and west, and they form a link between north and south, between Sicily and Tunis. They are small, indeed; their whole area is about four-fifths that of the Isle of Wight, but they are in their own fashion very fertile, their seas are rich in fish, and their coasts have many… 

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      Provenance uncertain: see Caruana

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