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City of southern Italy (area 1).
The city of Locri was founded around 680 B. C. by settlers form Ozolian Locris in central Greece, on the northern coast of the gulf of Corinth, who gave their new city the name of their homeland.
Locri is mentioned by Plato as the birthplace and home city of Timæus, the main speaker in the Timæus . But it is not clear whether Timæus is a historical person or a creation of Plato, because we know next to nothing about him aside from what is said in Plato's dialogue and mentions in Cicero (Ist century B. C.), who twice refers to Timæus as one of Plato's teachers of Pythagorean philosohpy (De Republica, I, Loeb ed., 33-4 ; De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, Loeb ed., 491) and Iamblicus (IInd century A. D.), who includes a Timæus in a list of prominent Pythagorean philosophers, both of which might have been derived from Plato's dialogue.