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Magna Graecia
(3,167 words)

(Μεγάλη Ἑλλάς/Megálē Hellás, ‘Great Greece’).

I. Geography and history

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A. Definition

From a geographical point of view, the concept of Magna Graecia (MG) is superimposed on Italia without being identical with it. In the 5th cent. BC, it referred to the outermost part of Italia, surrounded by the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas from Laus [2] to Metapontium. Later MG was used for the whole part of Southern Italy that had been settled by Greeks, from Taras to Cyme [2]. The term Megálē Hellás was already widespread around t…

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Muggia, Anna (Pavia), Olshausen, Eckart (Stuttgart) and Lamboley, Jean-Luc (Grenoble), “Magna Graecia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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