The archaic...the arcane...and fantastic...the historic...Compiled from divers sources.
Monday, March 16, 2009
ANCIENT GREEK COLONIES IN ITALY
Abraham Ortelius, in Parergon, Antwerp, 1595 Osher Collection, University of Southern Maine This map, oriented with east at the top, shows the ancient Greek seaport colonies in southern Italy, known as Magna Graecia. Major cities included Tarentum, Croton and Heraclea. The latter was the site of the famous battle in which Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, sustained devastating losses in defeating the Romans, giving rise to the term "Pyrrhic victory."