The Ancient Greeks in Spain

The Greek Reporter has published an interesting article about the town of “Empúries” (in Catalan) or “Emporion” (in Ancient Greek). For those of you that know Spain well, please be aware that the town had also been called “Ampurias” (in Castilian Spanish) until recent times.

Established by Greek fisherman, merchants, and settlers from Phocaea in c. 575 BCE, Empúries was the most westerly ancient Greek colony documented in the Mediterranean and retained a distinct cultural identity for nearly a thousand years. Interest is growing in the remarkably well preserved ruins as a record number of tourists are visiting the area. Please click here to read about this curious place and also be sure to check out the homepage of the Iberia Graeca Centre.

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James Blake Wiener is the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor, James is chiefly interested in cross-cultural exchange, world history, and international relations. Aside from his work at AHE, James is an avid Arabist, devotee of romance languages (French, Portuguese, and Spanish), reggaetoñero, and fan of ice hockey.