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Archeology in the Province of Siracusa

Tecnoparco Archimede
February 3, 2021
THE PROVINCE
February 6, 2021
The Santoni at Palazzolo Acreide

The Archeology of the Province of Siracusa

The Greeks knew very well from the tales of Phoenician merchants that Sicily was an island inhabited by other peoples, very fertile, and in an important commercial and strategic position. They didn’t behave like ‘discoverers’, but like invaders, and they were well aware that the occupation of those lands would lead to long, bloody fights against the indigenous people who were determined to defend their lands and liberty.
Braving possible aggressions of the pirates of the Tyrrhenian, in the VIII century BCE, exiles from the Ionian landed on the eastern shores of the island and founded Leontini, Catania, Naxos, Taormina and Messina; the Corinthians settled at Siracusa and pressed on from these to Akrai, Kasmene and Kamarina; the settlers from Rhodes built Agrigento and Gela, while the Doric and Megarese settlers founded Mégara Hyblaea and went on to Selinus.
The conquerors were themselves conquered by the proud and independent nature of the vanquished, so far as to make it their own and to identify themselves increasingly with their new homeland, so mild and generous. Even before Pericles’ time, the polis of Siracusa was rich, populous, authoritative and at the centre of busy maritime and commercial exchanges; the city had no reason to play down its role - it was not a mere extension of Magna Grecia. With the support of other strong and dynamic cities like Akragas, Leontini and Kamarina, it could aspire to be the unquestioned capital of the Mediterranean and lord over southern Italy because militarily, politically and culturally, it had already founded “Magna Sicilia”.
Sergio G. Grasso
June 3, 2021

Akrai

Set in the splendid setting of the Hyblean Hills in the Syracusan hinterland, the fascinating town of Palazzolo Acreide is like a chest for visitors to look for treasure in. It began life as Akrai, a colony founded by Siracusa around 664-663 B.C.
April 21, 2021

The Altar of Hieron II

This corner of Siracusa tells us of emotions and events that have origins in a distant past. In the collective imagination, this history survives only in faded memories or words in books, but here, it comes to life and appears in front of your eyes.
April 20, 2021

Villa del Tellaro

The Roman Villa del Tellaro near Noto, tells of families of the Sicilian and Roman aristocracy who owned large estates and lived in luxurious homes that had every sort of comfort.
March 13, 2021

Noto Antica

Noto Antica is an invisible city today whose ruins are smothered by the thick Hyblean vegetation on Monte Alveria, not far from Noto. Its disappearance is linked to the terrible earthquake that transformed south-eastern Sicily in 1693.

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June 3, 2021

Akrai

Set in the splendid setting of the Hyblean Hills in the Syracusan hinterland, the fascinating town of Palazzolo Acreide is like a chest for visitors to look for treasure in. It began life as Akrai, a colony founded by Siracusa around 664-663 B.C.
April 21, 2021

The Altar of Hieron II

This corner of Siracusa tells us of emotions and events that have origins in a distant past. In the collective imagination, this history survives only in faded memories or words in books, but here, it comes to life and appears in front of your eyes.
April 20, 2021

Villa del Tellaro

The Roman Villa del Tellaro near Noto, tells of families of the Sicilian and Roman aristocracy who owned large estates and lived in luxurious homes that had every sort of comfort.
March 13, 2021

Noto Antica

Noto Antica is an invisible city today whose ruins are smothered by the thick Hyblean vegetation on Monte Alveria, not far from Noto. Its disappearance is linked to the terrible earthquake that transformed south-eastern Sicily in 1693.
December 1, 2020

Pantalica

An evocative site of extraordinary natural beauty and incredible archaeological importance, the Necropolis of Pantalica has been included in the Unesco World Heritage List since 2005, together with Siracusa.

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