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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 After it became a colony of Rome in 273 BCE, it became known as Paestum, and Roman customs and styles superceded those of the Greeks in the city.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.

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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 After it became a colony of Rome in 273 BCE, it became known as Paestum, and Roman customs and styles superceded those of the Greeks in the city.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.

    The Graeco-Roman city of Paestum

    The Graeco-Roman city of Paestum

    An audio introduction to this album.

    • 1 min.
    Transcript -- The Graeco-Roman city of Paestum

    Transcript -- The Graeco-Roman city of Paestum

    An audio introduction to this album.

    • video
    The Greek city of Poseidonia

    The Greek city of Poseidonia

    An introduction to the early Greek city and three of the best preserved temples.

    • 5 min.
    Transcript -- The Greek city of Poseidonia

    Transcript -- The Greek city of Poseidonia

    An introduction to the early Greek city and three of the best preserved temples.

    • video
    The Tomb of the Diver

    The Tomb of the Diver

    A spectacular tomb illustration reveals Greek cultural behaviour.

    • 5 min.
    Transcript -- The Tomb of the Diver

    Transcript -- The Tomb of the Diver

    A spectacular tomb illustration reveals Greek cultural behaviour.

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