The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily

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After colonizing the Aegean islands and the coast of Asia Minor, the ancient Greeks turned toward southern Italy and Sicily, driven by the unrest that troubled their homeland in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C. The new arrivals brought with them their language, as well as their cultural and religious traditions and the institution of the polis. In Italy they created an autonomous political community that eventually surpassed the cities of Greece in wealth, military power, and architectural and cultural splendor. Such forefathers of Western philosophy as Pythagoras, Parmenides, and Archimedes lived and worked within this civilization.
The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily presents an overview of Greek colonization in Italy and the principal historical events that took place in this area from the Archaic period until the ascendancy of the Romans. This comprehensive survey is followed by a review of the major archaeological sites in the region.
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Luca Cerchiai is professor of Italian archaeology and Etruscology at the University of Salerno. Lorena Jannelli is archaeological inspector at the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici of Liguria. Fausto Longo is a specialist in classical archaeology at the University of Lecce and doctor of research in archaeology at the University of Naples.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Gulf of Naples : Ischia/Pithekoussai, Cumae, Partenope, and Naples 36
Poseidonia/Paestum 62
Velia 82
Lokroi Epizephyrioi 90
Kroton 104
Sybaris and Thurii 114
Siris and Herakleia 122
Metapontion 130
Taranto 144
Naxos 156
Taormina (Tauromenion) 162
Lentini (Leontinoi) and Catania (Katane) 168
Zankle/Messina, Milazzo (Mylai) 174
Lipari (Lipara) 178
Tindari 184
Himera 188
Megara Hyblaia 194
Syracuse 202
Eloro, Acre, and Kasmenai 216
Gela 224
Kamarina 230
Morgantina 234
Agrigento (Akragas) 240
Selinunte 256
Herakleia Minoa 268
Segesta 272
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