Palike was an ancient city on Sicily. Its archeological site is located in Rocchicella on a spur of basalt in the valley of the Margi river. There are no certain origins to this ancient town. Diodorus Siculus writes that it was founded in 453 BCE by the native Sikel leader Ducetius. It was named after the sanctuary of the Palici nearby. The city was surrounded by strong walls and grew rapidly because of the fertility of its soil. However, it was soon destroyed and the site remained uninhabited at the time Diodorus wrote the Bibliotheca historica, which he finished in approximately 60 BCE.

Palike's destruction most likely happened in 440 BCE, when the city of Trinakie was destroyed by Syracuse according to Diodorus Siculus. Ducetius had died of an illness earlier in the same year. Peter Green and several other historians argue that Trinakie was most likely the same city as Palike. The table of contents of the Bibliotheca historica refers to the Syracusan campaign as being conducted 'against the Picenians', which makes no sense. If the spelling of the Ancient Greek text is slightly altered, this would read 'against the men of Palici'. Trinakie is an ancient indigenous name for Sicily, which would have been a suitable name for the nationalistic ambitions of the Sicels. The city might have been renamed to Trinakie or it could have been the name of its acropolis.

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Founded: 453 BCE
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luigi bonnici (12 months ago)
Era chiusa e semiabbandonata
AGOSTINO MONACO (14 months ago)
Superb archaeological site ... the temple of the Palici gods (two twins) Duccio founded his temple there.
Domenico Blandini (2 years ago)
Interesting place, open until Saturday, you can watch a video review of the place, yet to be discovered, a convenient place to reach recommended
Basta Deep state Liberte' egalite' fraternite' (3 years ago)
Palike Sicilian city created by king ducezio in honor of the defeat of Syracuse and akragas by the Sicilians. Nearby, the naftia pond is a sacred place due to the presence of the twins sanctuary, in that lake took the oath of loyalty, gave the tablets to the people, who in turn had to throw them into the water, if the tablet went down, the traitor perjury became blind and executed.
paolo fabbriciani (3 years ago)
Beautiful experience. Archaeological site with many artifacts, still to be explored. Part of the exhibits are in traveling exhibitions. Hellenic and pre-Hellenic culture.
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