Mehadia

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Mehadia (, ) is a small market town and commune in the Caraş-Severin County of Romania. It lies on the European route E70, in the Cerna River valley. The town is located on the site of the ancient Roman colony Ad Mediam and was noted for its Hercules baths. It experienced major flooding more recently in May 2005.

Etymology

The Romans had called 'Mehadia' as "Ad mediam", and initially spelled it “me-ad-diem” which was subsequently changed to Mehadia by dropping the letter “m” and inserting an “h” to remove the gap.

History

During Roman period, Mehadia was the known by the name "Ad Medium"; the ruins of a fortress and other Romanantiquaries testify this fact. The Hercules baths also are of Roman vintage known in that period as Thermae Herculis or Ponies Herculis. Subsequent to the fall of the Roman Empire, the place was deserted till it was restored in recent times (after 1735)...
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