Selinunte

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On a hilltop in Sicily’s south coast, not far from Marsala, stand the five ancient Greek temples that comprise the archeological site of Selinunte.

Only one of the temples, the Temple of Hera has been re-erected. The city was founded in the 7th century BC, and was one of the most progressive Greek cities in Sicily.

It lasted only about two centuries, however. The city also left behind a number of coins, some of which depict a figure sacrificing on an altar, apparently a reference to a story that the Selinuntines were afflicted with a pestilence from the marshes of nearby areas.

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