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 […]