Sites & cities that bear the name of Heraclea Minoa

Heraclea Minoa

Today in : Italy
First trace of activity : ca. 6th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 1st century C.E
Recorded names : Ἡράκλεια Μινῴα, Hērákleia Minṓia, Eraclea Minoa, Rhachlôtês, Heracliensis, Cattolica Eraclea

Description : Heraclea Minoa (Greek: Ἡράκλεια Μινῴα, Hērákleia Minṓia; Italian: Eraclea Minoa) was an ancient Greek city situated on the southern coast of Sicily near the mouth of the river Halycus (modern Platani), 25 km west of Agrigentum (Acragas, modern Agrigento). It is located near the modern town of the same name in the comune Cattolica Eraclea in Italy. Excavations have revealed several parts of the city which are now open to the public. Archaeology has shown that the city was founded in the middle of the 6th century BC as an outpost of the Greek colony of Selinus (modern Selinunte) and was finally abandoned around the beginning of the 1st century AD.

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