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Two Ancient Greek Temples Discovered at Paestum, Italy

Two Ancient Greek Doric temples were unearthed in Paestum, southern Italy. The temples were part of the Magna Graecia (Great Greece), the thriving group of ancient Greek cities of southern Italy dating back from the 8th century BC. One of...

Ancient Greek Helmet, Inscription Found in Italy’s Magna Graecia

An ancient Greek helmet and inscription were recently unearthed as part of the archaeological excavations at the acropolis of Elea-Velia, in what was once part of Greater Greece, or Magna Graecia. Massimo Osanna, the Director of the Museum of Velia...

Has the Mystery of the Ancient Greek Paestum Swimmer been Solved?

A German archeologist has allegedly solved the mystery of the ancient Greek Paestum swimmer. The debate has endured for years about the possible interpretations of the fresco. Yet Tonio Höschler, a Professor Emeritus of Classical Archeology at the Ruprecht...

Greek Colony of Paestum Boasts Only Preserved Ancient Greek Fresco

The city of Paestum, the Greek colony near the present-day city of Naples, Italy, is famous for its Ancient Greek fresco as well as three ancient Greek temples of the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC,...

The Breathtaking Ancient Greek Ruins Found in Italy

When you think about Italy and ruins, your mind's eye automatically brings up scenes of the Roman Forum. However, Italy is home to countless ruins which are in actuality Greek.

Did Ancient Greeks Enjoy Swimming and Going to the Beach?

Every summer, Greeks flock to the beaches of the Aegean and Ionian seas to swim and get a tan. But did the ancient Greeks enjoy the beach?

Stunning New Discoveries at Ancient Greek City of Paestum in Italy

Archaeologists digging in southern Italy at the ancient Greek city of Paestum, first named Poseidonia, after the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon, have uncovered a trove of historical treasures in a temple. The treasures include a statue of the Greek...

Looted Antiquities Returned to Italy; Ancient Greek Frescos Included

Over 140 stolen antiquities valued at nearly $14 million have been returned to Italy, including three frescos from an ancient Greek city located in southern Italy. US and Italian officials made the announcement at a repatriation ceremony for the artifacts. The items...

Ancient Greek City of Paestum First Site to Open as Italy Eases Lockdown

The towering Greek temple complex at Paestum near Naples became the first Italian archaeological site to reopen to tourists after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Even before the iconic sites of the Colosseum and Pompeii, this ancient Greek colony dating back...

New Discoveries at Poseidonia Tell Us More About the Ancient City’s Greek Founders

The city originally called Poseidonia was established by Greek colonists some twenty-five hundred years ago, and was one of the most important sanctuaries in Magna Graecia (modern-day southern Italy) at that time. The city fell in the ruling hands...