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Grumentum, Grumento Nova
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Grumentum was an ancient town in the centre of Lucania, in what is now the comune of Grumento Nova, c. 50km south of Potenza by the direct road through Anxia, and 80km by the Via Herculia, at the point of divergence of a road eastward to Heraclea.HistoryThe first settlements, of the Lucani, in the area date from the 6th century BC, but the town was founded by the Romans in the 3rd century BC, during the Samnite Wars, as a fortified vanguard. In 215 BC the Carthaginian general Hanno was defeated under its walls, and in 207 BC Hannibal made it his headquarters. In the Social War it appears as a strong fortress, and seems to have been held by both sides at different times. It became a colony, perhaps in the time of Sulla, at the latest under Augustus, and seems to have been of some importance.In 370 Grumentum became a bishopric seat, but soon afterwards it began to be abandoned. Due to the Saracen inroads (9th-10th centuries), in 954 a new town (Saponara or Saponaria, the modern Grumento Nova) was founded.The site is a ridge on the right bank of the Aciris (Agri) about 600m above sea-level, c. 800m below the modern Grumento Nova, which lies much higher (772m).
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  • Wander through the plots of a distant past and have the feeling of shaping and with what it was ... wonderful!
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  • Never knew even existed we were blown away by the beauty and the level of maintenance and care of the remains found in this site, they have nothing to envy to Pompeii indeed I think that having regard to the care of the place can even teach them to maintain an archaeological site if you stop worth the visit lasts a couple of hours including the Museum , the outside must be made with the sunlight as non-illuminated ... Great to see resurface Roman ruins of villas, houses and real resorts with imagination you can think of what life was like li, there is even a piece of Roman road intact and unrestored only cleaned up. ...
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  • Tickets for the nearby Museo Archeologico also applies to the archaeological area of Grumentum. Those on a budget, can peek from the road that runs alongside. Interesting Roman remains, particularly of the villa and the Amphitheater. The theatre is richly complemented by contemporary facilities that make it usable for shows. The archaeological work in the area are ongoing.
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