The history of Magna Grecia from the foundation of the first Greek colonies to the Roman conquest, analyzed in terms of economics, religious and cultural life, philosophy and the sciences, art and crafts.
In the 8th and 7th centuries BC isolated groups and entire communities from Greece settled on the coasts of southern Italy, creating colonies that were not extensions of their mother country, but structures with their own institutions and laws.
For the occasion of the special year focused on Greece (1996), Electa has reprinted the most complete, well-documented study on the Western Greeks. The work, edited by Giovanni Pugliese Carratelli, contains important contributions by the leading experts in this sector.
Four exhaustive volumes narrate the history of ancient Greek settlements in Southern Italy (Magna Grecia) from the founding of the first Greek colonies, their economic and social development, religious and cultural life, philosophy and sciences, art and crafts, to the Roman conquest. The text is accompanied by a fine selection of illustrations.