Clues

The first were initially colonists from Sybaris (from which we get the words “sybaritic” and “sybarite”) and the survivors of its destruction at the hands of the Crotonians. Croton at that time was ruled by a cult of ascetics led by Pythagoras. In the end, this conflict contributed to the collapse of Pythagorean rule of Croton. Such experiments in governance are seldom successful, except at destroying cities, at which they excel.

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