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Magna Graecia: Corinthian Ship from 7th Century BC Found in Italy

A ship of Greek ceramics from the 7th century BC, discovered in Italy in 2019, sheds new light on Magna Graecia, the area of southern Italy that was founded by ancient Greeks. The ship, submerged at 780 meters depth,...

“Nestor’s Cup” with Racy Inscription Buried with Remains of Three People

An ancient grave with a Nestor's Cup that was believed to contain the remains of a child has now been found to be the burial place of three adults. Ancient Greeks normally buried their loved ones in pithoi, large pottery...

The Unique Ancient Tree that Produces Pearly-White Olives

White olives known as leucocarpa, or leucolea, is a rare variety of olive tree, mainly found in the south of Italy, in the region historically known as "Magna Graecia" or Greater Greece. Deriving its name from the Greek words for...

Italian Football Team FC Crotone Is Uniquely Proud of Its Greek Origins

Italy's Crotone football team has legions of dedicated fans who proudly hail the team's Greek origins in their chants and banners.

Utilities Workers Unearth Ancient Greek Necropolis in Gela, Sicily

An important archaeological discovery was made recently in the town of Gela, in southern Sicily, Italy. While local public utilities workers from of Gela were digging up the streets of the town to lay down new cables for the area's...

DNA Study Shows When Ancient Greeks Colonized Italy

Magna Graecia is the name of the coastal areas of southern Italy and Sicily that were extensively populated by Greek settlers. The settlers brought with them their Hellenic civilization, which was to leave a lasting imprint in Italy, such...

Italy: Greek Statues Back on Display

After four years of national controversy concerning two 2,500 year-old Greek statues, Italy’s Minister of Culture has decided to put them on exhibit once more. The Riace Bronze statues are two life-like, magnificent Greek warriors of Magna Graecia, a Greek...

At the Roots of Europe, Magna Graecia Project

For the first time, seven pieces from the Kalavria’s Museums, characteristic examples of Magna Graecia ancient Greek culture, were exhibited abroad, in the capital of European Union, Brussels. This was an initiative taken by Italian MEP, Pino Arlacchi. The exhibition...