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Arges is among the oldest towns in Wallachia. It borrows its name from the river in its vicinity, that cannot however be identified beyond a doubt as the Ordessos in Herodotus' writings. The settlement on the upper reaches of the Arges was host to the centre of a local state, that most historians believe was the point of origin for the unification initiative south of the Carpathians. The town of Câmpulung was a more special case, since it preserved until the dawn of modern times a much more extended autonomy, as opposed to other towns. Along with Bucharest and Craiova, Târgul Jiului is among the most recent towns in the country, emerged towards the end of the Middle Ages, in the 16th century.

Keywords: Arges; Brăila; Bucharest; Câmpulung; Carpathians; Craiova; Danube; Wallachia

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