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Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Sicily, the strategically located largest island in the Mediterranean, has long been a crossroads of history, a "melting pot" of ancient cultures and peoples. It was colonized by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Greeks starting in the 8th century BCE and in the millennia that followed fell first to the Romans, then successively to the Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, and Arabs, and finally to the Normans. Today, it is an autonomous region of Italy. Who are some of history's most famous Sicilians? More...
Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 6:37:24 AM
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Many of the most well known Sicilians have relocated to Joliet Federal Penitentiary.

The three legged, snake headed, freak has a uniquely charming effect.
Why not choose the artichoke instead?
They're a naturally delicious, indigenous, and celebrated Sicilian product.
Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 7:47:42 AM

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Gosh, there are so many famous Sicilians... and luckily not all have deserved a visit to the penitentiary! To name but a few:

Philosophers, scientists and thinkers
Archimedes of Syracuse
Empedocles (c. 490 – 430 BC), scientist and philosopher
Gorgias (c. 483 – 375 BC), philosopher
Archimedes (c. 287 – 212 BC), engineer and mathematician
Muhammad al-Idrisi (1100–1166 AD), geographer and author of Tabula Rogeriana
Marcus Gavius (?-71 BC), accused of aiding Spartacus in the 3rd Servile War.
Constantine the African (c. 1020 – 1087), physician and translator
Giovanni Aurispa (1376–1459), anthropologist
Francesco Maurolico (1494–1575), mathematician
Giuseppe Piazzi (1746–1826), astronomer, discovered the minor planet Ceres
Niccolò Cacciatore (1780–1841), astronomer
Stanislao Cannizzaro (1826–1910), chemist
Giuseppe Sergi (1841–1936), anthropologist
Ettore Majorana (1906 – ?), physicist
Giovanni Gentile (1875–1944), philosopher
Santi Visalli (1932) Photojournalist

Religious figures

Saint Agatha (231 – 351AD), martyr
Saint Vito (c. 290 – c. 290AD), martyr
Saint Lucy (283 – 304AD), martyr
Pope Leo II, Pope from 682 to 683


Stesichorus (c. 640 – 555 BC), poet
Timaeus (c. 345 – 250 BC), historian
Theocritus (c. 310 – 250 BC), poet
Diodorus Siculus (c. 90 – 30 BC), historian
Giacomo da Lentini (1210–1260), poet
Guido Delle Colonne (1215–1290), poet
Giovanni Luca Barberi (1452–1520), historian
Tommaso Fazello (1498–1570), historian
Antonio Veneziano (1543–1593), poet
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896–1957), writer, poet
Giovanni Meli (1740–1815), poet
Luigi Capuana (1839–1915), writer
Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 8:42:33 AM

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I was told by a native Sicilian that the history of the island contains origins of the mafia
Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 9:06:11 AM

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Sicilia! il mio posto preferito al mondo!!! (Sicily is my favorite place in the world)
The Trinacria: History and Mythology
The symbol of the Hellenic nature of Sicily
The symbol of Trinacria is now known because in the flag of Sicily and that of the Isle of Man. Its history is complex and in some ways still shrouded in mystery, or at least in indeterminacy, as it relates to mythology. The Trinacria, symbol of Sicily, is composed of the head of the Gorgon, whose hair is entwined serpents with ears of corn, from which radiate the three legs bent at the knee. The Gorgon is a mythological figure who, according to the Greek poet Hesiod (VIII - early VII century B.C.), was each of the three daughters of Ceto and Phorcys, two gods of the sea: Medusa (the Gorgon for excellence), Stheno ("strong"), Euryale ("the large").
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La Trinacria: Storia e Mitologia
Il simbolo della natura ellenica della Sicilia

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La Trinacria è il simbolo della Sicily, Il simbolo della Trinacria è ormai noto perché nella bandiera della Sicilia e dell'Isola di Man. La sua storia è complessa e per certi versi ancora avvolta nel mistero, o almeno in indeterminatezza, in quanto si riferisce alla mitologia. La Trinacria, simbolo della Sicilia, è composta dalla testa della Gorgone, i cui capelli sono serpenti intrecciati con spighe di grano, da cui si irradiano tre gambe piegate all'altezza del ginocchio. Il Gorgon è una figura mitologica che, secondo il poeta greco Esiodo (VIII - inizio VII secolo aC), era ognuna delle tre figlie di Ceto e Forco, due divinità del mare: Medusa (la Gorgone per eccellenza), Steno ("forte"), Euriale ("il grande").
Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 1:54:15 PM

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