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
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Giorgio Alfredo Spedicato (4 months ago)
Sono stato nell'area archeologica di Palike in un giorno feriale all'inizio della stagione estiva. Si arriva nell'area mediante una stradina di campagna, che offre un panorama un po' arido all'inizio della stagione estiva siciliana. Il museo è piccolo ma ben curato, l'area archeologica offre la visione di qualche tomba scavata nella roccia è un'area di circa 50 metri quadri di resti di edifici dall'età arcaica a quella inizio medioevale. Il sito potrebbe essere più valorizzato e meriterebbe maggiori investimenti per quanto riguarda gli scavi per quanto il personale a prestito il luogo sia estremamente disponibile e accogliente.
Patrizio Novara (5 months ago)
La nostra bella Sicilia ha tanti posti….da vedere ed ecco area archeologica di Palike vicino Mineo…consigliatissina , ben fatta e con personale … competente e disponibile ….grazie di tutto….. Patrizio
milena tamburino (5 months ago)
A very suggestive place, full of history, in part still to be discovered ... !!! Too bad, however, that it is not highly valued and advertised !!! But do you realize what wealth this represents for our territory ??? Think about it and go visit !!!
Alessandro Bonforte (9 months ago)
Very interesting
Nunzio Coco (15 months ago)
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