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Syracuse, City of Legends: A Glory of Sicily
Dubbed "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all" by Cicero, Syracuse also boasts the richest history of anywhere in Sicily. Syracuse, City of Legends is the first modern historical guide to the city that explores Syracuse’s place within the island and the wider Mediterranean and reveals why it continues to captivate visitors today, more than two and a ha ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 15th 2010 by I. B. Tauris
(first published January 1st 2010)
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In classical times, Syracuse was a great city, never conquered, the capital of Siciliy, equal in population and culture to Athens, the intellectual heart of the West. In Roman and Byzantine times, she was a provincial centre governing a quarter of the island. But Syracuse was destroyed by the Arabs and eclipsed by Palermo, and she has never recovered.