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Greek Colony of Paestum Boasts only Preserved Ancient Greek Fresco

ancient Greek frescoThe Tomb of the Diver is home to the only preserved ancient Greek fresco in the entire world. Credit: Michael Johanning/Public Domain

The city of Paestum, the Greek colony near the present-day city of Naples, Italy, is famous for its Ancient Greek fresco as well as three ancient Greek temples of the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, all of which are in a remarkable state of preservation.

The city walls and amphitheater are largely intact, and the bottom of the walls of many other structures remain, as well as the cobblestone roads that still cross the city.

Paestum, which was settled by Acheans in the 600s BC, was first named Poseidonia, after the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon.

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