Megara Hyblaea

Augusta, Italy

Megara Hyblaea is an ancient Greek colony in Sicily It was founded about 728 BC by colonists from Megara in Attica. In 628 the city established a colony at Selinus but in 483 was destroyed by the Syracusan leader Gelon. The city had a brief independent existence in the 4th century BC, when it issued coinage, but is heard of mainly as a fortified place.

Excavations carried on in 1891 led to the discovery of the northern portion of the western town wall, which in one section served at the same time as an embankment against floods. There is also an extensive necropolis, about 1500 tombs of which have been explored, and of a deposit of votive objects from a temple. The harbour lay to the north of the town.

In the mid-seventh century, the city was organised according to a regularised plan. An agora emerged with stoas on its north and eastern sides. This is one of the earliest known agoras.

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Founded: 728 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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ant anto (20 months ago)
Archaeological site located in the industrial area between Augusta and Priolo.
ant anto (20 months ago)
Archaeological site located in the industrial area between Augusta and Priolo.
Yami Yume (3 years ago)
Interesting, still full of ancient archeological relics, but abandonet to itself.
Yami Yume (3 years ago)
Interesting, still full of ancient archeological relics, but abandonet to itself.
Massimiliano Fargione (4 years ago)
Place to visit but above all, by the Region, to be enhanced
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