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

  • An ancient city of southern Italy on the Gulf of Salerno. Founded as a Greek colony before 600 B.C., it flourished as part of Magna Graecia and was taken by Rome in 273 B.C.


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  • Petelia was a city in Bruttium, probably the modern Strongoli, near Croton and almost two hundred miles southeast of Paestum: in other words, to reach Petelia, Spartacus would have had to drag his tired troops nearly all the way back to the Mela Ridge.

    The Spartacus War

  • The villa was situated on one of the Apennines to the north of Salerno, and looked down, over the plain of Calabria, in which Paestum is situated, on to the blue Mediterranean.

    Ferdinando Eboli

  • He misses the blue sky of his beloved Napoli, his summers spent at Paestum, across from the Temple of Poseidon, and if he could pick any place in the world to pass an afternoon, he would go to the atmospheric Borgo Marinaro.

    E. Nina Rothe: The Face of Courage: An Exclusive Interview With Roberto Saviano -- Part Two

  • But the complete lack of forward planning also allowed Sergeant Lewis and his section to spend much of these early weeks on Italian soil "lotus-eating" at Paestum.

    Rereading: Naples '44 by Norman Lewis

  • Washed by the glow of a late sunset, the three great Greek temples of Paestum stood in clear view.

    Rereading: Naples '44 by Norman Lewis

  • When Norman Lewis disembarked from the Duchess of Bedford at Paestum in early September 1943 he found the beach littered with pile upon pile of office equipment.

    Rereading: Naples '44 by Norman Lewis

  • Admittedly, there is another candidate for the Lucanian lake: a mountain lake (now dry) near the inland Lucanian city of Volceii (modern Buccino), some forty miles northeast of Paestum.

    The Spartacus War

  • Caposele lies about forty-five miles north of Paestum, a few days march away.

    The Spartacus War

  • The legions annexed Lucanian Paestum in 273 B.C., after the city made the mistake of supporting Romes enemy, Pyrrhus.

    The Spartacus War

  • Picentia made an excellent base because the rich territory between Salernum and Paestum was fertile enough to feed Crassuss mentoday it produces Italys most famous mozzarellaand wide enough to allow them to train.

    The Spartacus War


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