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Archaeological Sites: The theaters of the time

Human settlements in the territory of Trapani are extremely ancient, dating back to prehistoric times. Subsequently, the first great Mediterranean civilizations were attracted by the beautiful setting of this land, and began to populate it.
Nowadays, time is preserved for our memories in three archaeological sites of great cultural and artistic value.
According to Greek historian Thucydides, the old Segesta was founded by the Elimi, a community of Trojan refugees that settled there around the sixth century BC. The city fell into the hands of the Greeks and Phoenicians before allying with the Roman Empire, which had great respect for them, because of the common Iliac origins. In the archaeological area, besides the remains of the walls and the agora, visitors can admire the Temple and the Greek Theatre. The first, very well-preserved, is considered one of the most important existing examples of Doric architecture, the second, despite the mutilation of the time, never fails to arouse the admiration of observers and the interest of scholars.
The life of Selinunte was very short. Built by the Greeks, was involved in a bitter rivalry with Segesta, before the Romans destroyed it around 250 BC, after only two hundred years of history, but the remains of the city are still a very imposing presence. The Archaeological Park of Selinunte is in fact, with its 1700 square meters, the largest in Europe. The site is divided into three areas: the Acropolis, dedicated to the worship of gods, the Sanctuary of Demeter Malophoros, whose cult was widespread at the time, and the area of the eastern hill, with its magnificent temples and shrines.
Mozia is a small circular island, situated in the middle of a lagoon, near Marsala. The city was characterized by a long domination of the Phoenicians, around eighth century BC, and was abandoned by the small community of settlers just after the Roman conquest. At the beginning of last century, the archaeologist Joseph Whitaker bought the island and began the excavation works, which over decades have revealed the remains of the Punic city, with its settlements, places of worship, cemeteries . The tremendous historical value of the site is reflected in the Whitaker Museum, which collects the most precious artifacts found by the English scholar, showing them to the modern man.

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