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'Great Greece' Italy
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover 'Great Greece'

Greek settlers landed on the Calabrian coasts from the 8th century BC and founded towns that were soon became thriving cultural hubs. Sybaris, Stilo, Locres, Gerace, and Crotone are among the sites where archaeological discoveries indicate the presence of ancient Greek settlements. Scattered over the whole of the Calabrian region, remains of temples and necropolises, pieces of walls, and all types of objects were discovered after several excavations. If you visit Calabria, you should try and make a visit to see the National Museum of Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria. The museum, which is also called Palazzo Piacentini, has a downstairs section that is dedicated to maritime archaeology. Needless to say, the masterpieces of the collection are the very famous Riace Bronzes, two statues of warriors that date back to the 5th century BC and that were found on the seabed in 1972. Next to them is the wreck of a boat that ran aground in the 4th-5th century BC and was found with all its on-board equipment, tableware, and other ancient objects intact. Other rooms in the museum are dedicated to other prehistoric periods, discoveries made in 'Great Greece's other cities , and numismatics.

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