Greek Colonization. Starting in the eigth century b.c.e. the Greek city-states planted colonies throughout the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Black Seas for the purpose of trade, acquisition of resources, and relief from population growth, famine, and drought.What are the colonies of ancient Greece?
There were several Ancient Greek colonies located in what is now Italy. Referred to as Magna Graecia, settlers began to arrive from Greece around the 8th Century B.C. and with them, aspects of the Greek culture. The main regions where they settled included areas in Campania, Basilicata, Apulia, Sicily, and Calabria.