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Mag•na Grae•ci•aˈmæg nə ˈgri ʃi ə(n.)

  1. the ancient colonial cities and settlements of Greece in S Italy.

    Category: Ancient History, Geography (places)

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  1. Magna Graecia(ProperNoun)

    The coastal parts of Sicily and southern Italy once colonized by Greek settlers

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  1. Magna Graecia

    Magna Graecia is the name of the coastal areas of Southern Italy on the Tarentine Gulf that were extensively colonized by Greek settlers; particularly the Achaean colonies of Tarentum, Croton, and Sybaris, but also, more loosely, the cities of Cumae and Neapolis to the north. The colonists, who began arriving in the 8th century BC, brought with them their Hellenic civilization, which was to leave a lasting imprint in Italy, particularly on the culture of ancient Rome.


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