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Magna Graecia


Magna Graecia (/ˌmæɡnə ˈɡrsiə, ˈɡrʃə/, US /ˌmæɡnə ˈɡrʃə/; Latin meaning "Great Greece", Greek: Μεγάλη Ἑλλάς, Megálē Hellás) was the name given by the Romans to the coastal areas of Southern Italy in the present-day regions of Campania, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily that were extensively populated by Greek settlers; particularly the Achaean settlements of Croton, and Sybaris, and to the north, the settlements of Cumae and Neapolis. The settlers who began arriving in the 8th century BC brought with them their Hellenic civilization, which was to leave a lasting imprint in Italy, such as in the culture of ancient Rome. Most notably the Roman poet Ovid referred to the south of Italy as Magna Graecia in his poem Fasti.



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  • Smith W. "Magna Graecia." In Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. 1854.
  • Woodhead A. G. The Greeks in the West. 1962.
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