Only little is known from the Graeco-Roman period. However, archaeological excavations prove that the Greeks and Romans were the founders of blossoming settlements.
Byzanz ruled from 1073-74, only interrupted by a short Arabian interlude (840-886). Previously the byzantinians turned Siberene into an important religious center, that was to be the home of a pope: Zachary, pontiff from 741 to 752. In the 10th century, the city got its modern name: Santa Severina. Between 1075 and 1076 the Normans ruled the city, lead by Robert the Guiscard. From this point on, Santa Seveverina was subject to the many power struggles that raged in Southern Italy for centuries. Nevertheless, the city remained an important cultural and religious place. The rule by the house of Aragón was followed by the Anjou. Those were superseded by feudal lords such as the Carafa, the Ruffo and the Grutter at the threshold of the 19th century.
The history of Santa Severina can be found in its complex monuments that turn this little center of the Crotonese "Marchesato" into a true pearl of Calabria's historical-cultural panorama.