The Punic Goddess Tanit In Sicily

After the ancient southwestern Sicilian city of Selinunte was pillaged by Carthaginian (i.e., Punic) forces between 409 and 406 BCE, the Greek city became Punic for a time. The Carthaginians built a new town, recycling the materials and reclaiming temples from the magnificent Greek community that preceded it. Throughout today’s archaeological site, some ruins of…

Selinunte In Western Sicily

Considered Europe’s largest archaeological site, Selinunte was a Greek city built on the southwestern coast of Sicily by colonists from the eastern Sicilian Greek outpost of Megara Hyblea. Founded around 651 BC, it displayed its power by building massive temples dedicated to various gods, like this one pictured, Temple E, which scholars believe was dedicated…

Day 12 of Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below | Transformation

Live from Sicily! Day 12 of Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below | Transformation. The town of Salemi (led by Visit Borgo Salemi) displayed to us its rich culture of ritual bread making for San Giuseppe. The Azienda Cucchiara served us an outstanding lunch of products from their farm, including the freshest cannoli…

Destination Interrupted

Pictured is my friend and May 2018 tour participant, Dominic, doing his best Hercules imitation at the Cave di Cusa, the quarry for the city of Selinunte. Those limestone blocks were intended for the base of columns of one of the temples of the ancient Greek city, now an outstanding archaeological park. We’ll be spending…

At Selinunte, I Feel Ghosts

Yesterday, Tony, Dominic, and I visited the magnificent ancient city of Selinunte with our guide Gianluca. I’m always taken aback by this site because it’s expansive. It’s strewn with ruins of massive temples and abandoned homes. To me it possesses ghosts everywhere, who continue to protect it. Selinunte was a Greek city built on the…

Temple E Is Electric

Today considered Europe’s largest archeological site, Selinunte was a Greek city built on the southwestern coast of Sicily by colonists from the eastern Sicilian Greek outpost of Megara Hyblea. Founded around 651 BC, it displayed its power by building massive temples dedicated to various gods, like this one pictured, Temple E, which scholars believe was…