Segesta

21 July 2008
The unfinished temple

The unfinished temple

Segesta (or Egesta) was a town on ancient Sicily, and is well-known for the Unfinished Temple that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Its history is dominated by a conflict with the nearby Greek city of Selinus, which forced the Segestans to ally themselves to Carthage, to Athens, to Pyrrhus, and to anyone who could offer support against the Selinuntians. Rome became Segesta’s protector during the First Punic War; after this conflict, Segesta’s countryside was exploited through villas with many slaves, and the town itself went into decline. I put online a brief history and some photos of the Unfinished Temple and the Theater.


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