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 (pĕs′təm, pē′stəm)
An ancient city of southern Italy on the Gulf of Salerno. Founded as a Greek colony before 600 bc, it flourished as part of Magna Graecia and was taken by Rome in 273 bc.
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(Placename) an ancient Greek colony on the coast of Lucania in S Italy
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(ˈpɛs təm)

an ancient coastal city of Lucania, in S Italy.
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I shall never forget his face as it looked one night when he told me about the solitary day he spent among the sea temples at Paestum: the soft wind blowing through the roofless columns, the birds flying low over the flowering marsh grasses, the changing lights on the silver, cloud-hung mountains.
The Montecarbanas are a family as old as the ruins of Paestum, they say."
Rome [by rail], Herculaneum, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Vergil's tomb, and possibly the ruins of Paestum can be visited, as well as the beautiful surroundings of Naples and its charming bay.
Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona has been awarded a 2018 Paestum Archaeology Award at the 21st edition of the Mediterranean Exchange of Archaeological Tourism held at the ancient city of Paestum, Italy.
Nella magmatica genealogia di scrittori evocati da Cervante per costruire un ponte metaforico--e reale sul lago dell'oblio (richiamato anche da un pannello del vagone su cui e impressa l'immagine della Tomba del tuffatore conservata a Paestum) quasi tutti i nomi subiscono una deformazione parodica nella pronuncia incerta di Salvo: Lorca diventa l'orca, Saramago diventa sara mago (Cappuccio, 2017: 40): la densita, la polisemia e l'affinita fonica tra le parole esalta cosi l'attrito dei significati, con una comicita che deflagra con la somiglianza ingannevole dei significanti, il ricorso a tante curiose paronomasie, il rovesciamento parodico, la deformazione verbale.
Si riferisce al dipinto scoperto da Mario Napoli nell'estate del 1968 in una necropoli vicino a Paestum. Il meraviglioso affresco greco (480/70 a.
Landing south of Salerno at Paestum, a city filled with the ruins of a once-thriving ancient Greek settlement, they encountered fierce resistance.
The second edition contains new chapters on the site of Poseidonia (Paestum) in Magna Graecia (Southern Italy), and the unusual temple of Zeus at Akragas (Agrigento) in Sicily.