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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient city of southeast Italy on the Gulf of Taranto. It was settled by Greeks c. 700 B.C. Pythagoras taught here in the sixth century.

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Examples

  • Metapontum in 73 B.C. was more like a small town than the great city it had once been.

    The Spartacus War

  • Unlike Metapontum, Heraclea had played its cards well with Rome.

    The Spartacus War

  • Heading eastward, they then could have followed one of several routes to the Ionian Coast and the cities of Metapontum and Heraclea.

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  • About twelve miles south of Metapontum lay Heraclea, in the rich soil between the valleys of the Siris modern Sinni and Aciris rivers.

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  • The message of the Thracian woman, therefore, might have fallen on willing ears at Metapontum.

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  • One of the places the insurgents went after was the city of Metapontum Metaponto.

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  • Its fertile fields made Metapontum a breadbasket, with ears of wheat proudly displayed on its gold coins.

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  • A vast plain opens up here, wider, greener, and lusher than even the country of Metapontum or Heraclea.

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  • From Metapontum to Thurii and perhaps beyond, the insurgents had brought fire, death, and freedom.

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  • But that sounds rather grand for Roman Metapontum, a place whose best days were behind it.

    The Spartacus War

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