This image depicts a recently excavated system of structures from the archaeological site of Egesta/Segesta in Sicily in the context of their rugged surroundings. This site was important in ancient times as a cultural crossroads--the population were non-Greek inhabitants who lived in the area prior to the Greek colonization period, and they subsequently adopted Greek culture in the form of a temple and theater, as well as other civic structures, while still maintaining the distinct self-identification of being Elymian rather than Greek. The population and their identity remained intact through the Roman period, when they changed the settlement's name from Egesta to Segesta. The location saw subsequent habitation through the medieval period. Now a protected archaeological site, Egesta/Segesta continues to be a locus of cultural interaction with the production every summer of Classical plays in its excavated, Greek-style theater. With its hilltop view of both mountains and sea, the location is inspiring.
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