Magna Graecia

By Dan Giantomaso & Jonathan Lo

Magna Graecia refers to the Greek colonization along the coastline of southern Italy and in Sicily prior to 212 BC. It had significant influences on the Etruscan and in the foundation of Rome and the Italian culture as the trades between Greeks and Etruscan led to an exchange of goods, resources and knowledge and brought about new forms of art and technologies, culture, and lifestyle model.

The city of Pompeii and Herculaneum provides archaeologists with a highly intact picture of life in the Roman Republic and the influence of Greek Culture that remained centuries after the Pyrrhic War and the absorption of Magna Graecia into the republic. The National Archaeological Museum of Naples has been a depository for some of the world’s most famous historical work of art and artisanship, including the collection of Hellenistic marble sculptures in reference to Magna Graecia and the Greek influence on Roman culture.

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