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Author Topic: MAGNA GRAECIA  (Read 11411 times)
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« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2008, 11:23:24 am »

                                                           Magna Graecia

                                                       Synthesis of cultures.

  From the eighth century B.C. the Greek started to found a series of colonies that extended along the coasts of the south of Italy , from Apulia to Campania,with some centres in Sicily:

"Taranto,Cuma, Metaponto, Sibari, Crotone, Reggio, Paestum and Naples"

these were the main centres of this big area colonized, that was then called Magna Graecia.

In these colonies, that were then defenitely submitted by the Romans between 280and 265b.C., commerces, agriculture and handcraft flourished: furthermore, very important is the role developed by these cities, spreading in Italy the Greek culture.

The philosophy, the literature and the art of the Greek world influenced in an evident way the artistic and cultural activities of these colonies, that gave life to refined expression: flourishing was the production of ceramics and the working in bronze, while the wonderful temples of Paestum attest the grade of refinement and the decent measure reached by the local architecture.

In this lively cultural and economic climate, even the jeweller's is diffused and finds a great variety of expressions. The most splendid period of the jeweller's of the Magna Graecia is the one included between the fourth and third century B.C.: the main centre of production and diffusion of jeweller's is "Taranto" and the literary sources testify that it was a very vivacious artistic and cultural centre.

We know the Hellenistic jeweller's through the archaeological rests effected in the tombs: in spite of
the repeated sacks that happened in the course of centuries, the funeral equipments of these ancient inhabitants are extremely rich and allow to find in a rather agile way the of a jeweller's production no doubt important.
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