METAPONTO

Metapontum (now Metaponto), near Taranto, was apparently founded by Greek colonists who settled there in the 8th century BC.

The town developed slightly further south in the 6th-7th centuries BC.

Often mentioned by Sybaris and Croton, Metapontum was a significant trading station, especially for the export of cereals; indeed an ear of corn was impressed upon the city’s coins.

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