Ancient Greece in Sicily – Akragas (Agrigento)

Ancient Greece in Sicily – Akragas (Agrigento)

Akragas – Agrigento Around 580 BC, the wealthy colony of Gela in the south of the island began trading their crops to the west, to the Sicani, Elymian and the Carthaginians. The Greek colonies didn’t really trust the Carthaginians but business was good. Instead of fortifying the walls of Gela, just in case Carthage did […]

Ancient Greece in Sicily – Segesta vs. Selinunte

Ancient Greece in Sicily – Segesta vs. Selinunte

The colonization of Sicily in the 8th century BC pretty much kept the Greeks to the East and the Carthaginians to the West, but by the 7th century BC the Greeks began to expand. In 628 BC the colonists from Megara Hyblaea, about 12km north of Syracuse went West. Hoping to capitalize on trade with […]

Ancient Greece in Sicily – Syracuse

Ancient Greece in Sicily – Syracuse

Sicily is the melting pot of Italy, a cultural mélange that has taken over 10,000 years to create. From around the 9th millennium BC till around 1200 BC the island was populated with farming communities. Their origins are a bit cloudy. The Sicels (Siculi), the ancient namesake of Sicily, probably came from the Italian peninsula […]

2009 – Sicily; Siracusa, Noto, Ragusa, Etna, Catania, Taormina

Ah Sicilia; home the gods, a melting pot of civilizations, warm hospitality, amazing food and wine and really bad drivers. Homer referred to Sicily as Thrinakia in the Odyssey. This was where Odysseus’ crew ate some of the sacred cattle that belonged to the god Helios (a very bad idea). It is also the island […]

2006 – Western Sicily; Palermo and the ruins of Magna Grecia

2006 – Western Sicily; Palermo and the ruins of Magna Grecia

Posted by on Aug 14, 2006 in Italy, Sicily | No Comments

Ferragosto The Italian holiday of Ferragosto commemorates the 15th of August, when the Virgin Mary ascended, body and soul, into heavenly glory. With regard to the timely co-incidence of Christian miracles and pagan Roman celebrations, Ferragosto is no different. Augustus the Emperor declared the entire month designated to celebrations and festivals. I actually read that […]

2003 – Sicily; Mt Etna, i Ciclopi, Piazza Armerina, Enna, Siracusa, Taormina

2003 – Sicily; Mt Etna, i Ciclopi, Piazza Armerina, Enna, Siracusa, Taormina

Posted by on Jul 5, 2003 in Italy, Mt Etna and Catania, Sicily, Siracusa, Taormina | No Comments

Amalfi Coast – July 4 With a good map, it’s pretty easy to drive the streets of Rome. We ventured south, along the old Appian Way, reflecting on the history of this narrow little street, still barely wide enough for 8 soldiers across. We tried to imagine the rows of crucified slaves during the revolt of […]