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Aguntum, important Roman settlement approx. 4 km east of Lienz in East Tirol which was raised to the status of an autonomous town (Municipium Claudium Aguntum) under the Emperor Claudius (41-54 A.D.). Most prosperous time was in the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D.; destroyed several times in late Roman times. In the 5th century, Aguntum was the seat of a bishop ( Lavant). Around 610 the Bavarian Duke Garibald II was defeated by the Slavs near Aguntum. Excavations have revealed a town wall with a monumental gateway, an atrium house built after an Italian model, as well as craftsmen's and business quarters of the settlement. Relics of early Christianity include a burial chapel and a church with graveyard. Ancient Roman ruins were still visible up to the late 16th century; excavations have been going on since the 18th century

Further reading#

W. Alzinger, Aguntum und Lavant, 41985.