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Lucera

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Lucera is an Italian city of 34,243 inhabitants in the province of Foggia in the region of Apulia, and the seat of the Diocese of Lucera-Troia.Situated at the confluence of the valleys of Molise and Campania in the Tavoliere delle Puglie, Lucera was the capital of Capitanata and of the County of Molise from 1579 until 1806.ClimateThe city is characterized by a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers, with extreme temperature changes during the day, and mild winters, although due to its proximity to the Daunian mountains the temperature can drop to values below 0C. The winds are quite frequent and, although sometimes quite strong, are usually moderate.The average annual temperature is around 15C, and rainfall amounts to an average value of 497mm. Snowfalls are rare.HistoryAncient era and early Middle AgesLucera is located in the territory of the Dauni ancient tribe. Archeological excavations show the presence of a bronze age village inside the city boundaries. Lucera was probably named after either Lucius, a mythical Dauno king, or a temple dedicated to the goddess Lux Cereris. A third possibility is that the city was founded and named by the Etruscans, in which case the name probably means Holy Wood (luc = "wood", eri = "holy").In 321 BC, the Roman army was deceived into thinking Lucera was under siege by the Samnites. Hurrying to relieve their allies the army walked into an ambush and were defeated at the famous Battle of the Caudine Forks. The Samnites occupied Lucera but were thrown out after a revolt. The city sought Roman protection and in 320 BC was granted the status of Colonia Togata, which meant it was ruled by the Roman Senate. In order to strengthen the ties between the two cities, 2,500 Romans moved to Lucera. From then on, Lucera was known as a steadfast supporter of Rome.
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