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The Archaeological Park of Eleia-Velia

The ancient city of Elea, which derives its name from the local source Hyele, was founded around 540 b.c. by a group of exiles from the Greek city of Phocaea, in present-day Turkey, occupied by the Persians. The city, known in the fifth century. especially for the figures of Parmenides and Zeno, founders of the Eleatic School of philosophy, reaches a period of great development in the Hellenistic age and in most of the Roman age (late IV century BC – 5th century AD), when its name is changed to Velia. With the middle ages the village withdraws the Acropolis, where a castle was built. The arch


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