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City of southern Italy (today's Taranto) (area 11).
Tarentum was a colony of Sparta founded toward the end of the VIIIth century B. C.
Tarentum was the birthplace of Archytas, a Pythagorean who became a friend of Plato, and seems to have been a very successful general and statesman in his hometown of Tarentum.
Plato most likely first met him during his first trip to Southern Italy and Sicily in 388. Plato speaks of him in the VIIth Letter.