Petilia or Petelia was a city on the coast of Bruttium on the Italian Peninsula, traditionally founded by Philoctetes.[1][2] During the Second Punic War it remained a Roman ally, while all of the other Bruttian cities had gone over to Hannibal.[3] After a long siege, it was taken by the Carthaginians, its people expelled and replaced by other Bruttians; but following the Roman victory its original population was restored. The site of the city is now occupied by the modern town of Strongoli in Calabria.

The Petelia Gold Tablet was discovered near the site in the nineteenth century.


  1. Basilicata Calabria. Touring Editore. 1980. pp. 390–. ISBN 978-88-365-0021-5.
  2. Edlund Berry, I., A. Small. "Places: 452403 (Petelia)". Pleiades. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  3. Domenico Marincola Pistoja (1867). Di Petelia città autonoma della Magna Grecia: ricerche storiche. Tipografia del Pitagora.

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