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Viterbo is a city in the Lazio region of central Italy.

One of many cities to surrender and send tribute to King Arthur after he had captured the city of Rome.

Viterbo | 1st century BC – 9th century AD

Roman Period | 1st century BC – 5th century AD
Viterbo, known as Victarion during the Roman era, was a settlement of the Etruscan civilization before it became a Roman municipium. During the Roman period, it was located along the Via Cassia, a major Roman road the connected Rome to the northern parts of Italy. The area was likely used for agriculture and trade. Viterbo was affected by the political and economic changes that occured as the Roman Empire began to decline.

Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages | 5th – 9th centuries
As the Western Roman Empire faced invasions and instability in the fifth century, Viterbo, like many other Roman towns, experienced a period of decline. It became part of the Ostrogothic Kingdom, and later the Byzantine Empire after the reconquest of Italy by the Byzantines in the sixth century.

Lombard and Frankish Rule
The Lombards, a Germanic people, ruled over much of Italy during the early Middle Ages. Viterbo came under Lombard control and later, in the eighth century, was subject to the Frankish expansion under Charlemagne. This marked a transition from the Lombard rule to the Carolingian Empire.

See also
Visigoths and Ostrogoths | The Legend of King Arthur