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Favorite thing: Poseidonia was founded around 600 BC the northernmost Greek settlement in Italy, just 8 km from the River Sele.
The Greek period in Poseidonia lasted from the foundation around 400 BC. Then Poseidonia was conquered by one of the indigenous samnite peoples, the Lucanians, that hitherto had lived in the mountainous areas further inland. The city remained virtually unchanged until the Roman period when the name also changed to Paestum in 273 BC.