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The Graeco-Roman city of Paestum: Track 1

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What can archaeological remains tell us about early cities and the people who lived in them? This album examines the important remains of one city, Poseidonia in Italy, founded towards the end of the 7th century BCE by colonists from the Greek city of Sybaris. Although only twenty-five per cent of the site has been excavated to date, much of its history and culture can be traced through its buildings, inscriptions, and decoration. After it became a colony of Rome in 273 BCE, it became known as Paestum, and Roman customs and styles superceded those of the Greeks in the city. This material forms part of The Open University course A219 Exploring the classical world.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 25 mins
  • Updated Wednesday 7th October 2009
  • Posted under History
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Track 1: The Graeco-Roman city of Paestum

An audio introduction to this album.

© The Open University 2009

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 The Graeco-Roman city of Paestum    An audio introduction to this album. Play now The Graeco-Roman city of Paestum
2 The Greek city of Poseidonia    An introduction to the early Greek city and three of the best preserved temples. Play now The Greek city of Poseidonia
3 The Tomb of the Diver    A spectacular tomb illustration reveals Greek cultural behaviour. Play now The Tomb of the Diver
4 After the Lucanian conquest    How the city was conquered by indigenous people who occupied the city in the 5th Century. Play now After the Lucanian conquest
5 How Poseidonia became Paestum    How Greek culture of Poseidonia was absorbed into the new Roman colony. Play now How Poseidonia became Paestum




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