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Sicily
Grain Field
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Roman Amphitheatre at Syracuse
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As one of the main sources of grain for Rome (the others being North Africa and Egypt), Sicily was an important Roman province. Sicily supported both Phoenician and ancient Greek colonies, with Greek cities established on the east side of the island, Phoenician cities on the west, and the original inhabitants such as the Sicani pushed into the centre of the island. Gradually the original tribes were absorbed into the colonised settlements. Sicily by Cicero’s time was a fairly diverse place, with Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans, as well as their various cults, temples and gods, all mingling together.

 

Map of Roman Sicily
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Temple of Juno, Sicily
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