American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
“Metapontum in 73 B.C. was more like a small town than the great city it had once been.”
“Unlike Metapontum, Heraclea had played its cards well with Rome.”
“Heading eastward, they then could have followed one of several routes to the Ionian Coast and the cities of Metapontum and Heraclea.”
“About twelve miles south of Metapontum lay Heraclea, in the rich soil between the valleys of the Siris modern Sinni and Aciris rivers.”
“The message of the Thracian woman, therefore, might have fallen on willing ears at Metapontum.”
“One of the places the insurgents went after was the city of Metapontum Metaponto.”
“Its fertile fields made Metapontum a breadbasket, with ears of wheat proudly displayed on its gold coins.”
“A vast plain opens up here, wider, greener, and lusher than even the country of Metapontum or Heraclea.”
“From Metapontum to Thurii and perhaps beyond, the insurgents had brought fire, death, and freedom.”
“But that sounds rather grand for Roman Metapontum, a place whose best days were behind it.”
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