Portu Empedocli-sicilian/porto Empedocle-english/agrigentum-greek

shannonfarlouis By shannonfarlouis, 26th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Portu Empedocli is located on the coast of the Strait of Sicily. This town was given the name by a Greek pre-Socratic Philosopher. This is part of my hertiage and culture in which I am so proud.

Portu Empedocli-sicilian/porto Empedocle-english/agrigentum-greek

Portu Empedocli a breathtaking and beautiful town in the province of Agrigento. This town was given its name by a Greek philosopher who lived there. This was a Greek colony in Sicily during the time, 490-430 BC. During this time it was called Agrigentum. Agriculture, fishing, pharmaceutical making, ironworking, and rock salt refining is what the economy was based on. This is what the locals done for a living to survive.

The Holy Roman Emperor once ordered that a tower be built to protect the grain reserves for the town. It was built during the 15 TH century. The harbor wall near the port was completed in the late 1700s. This is when trade increased around the seashore of Agrigentum. The town’s name which was Agrigento was given in the late 1800s. The tower was turned into a prison close to this time. This is just about 20-25 years before the Italian immigration to America started. No prison is there today, but the tower remains and it is a cultural and heritage center.

It was just recently in 2003, that the name of the town was changed again and its name is based on fictional story Porto Empedocle Vigata of famous Italian writer of popular novels and a citizen of the town.

This is a view of Porto Empedocle Vigata today!! Breathtaking and beautiful!!! Wow!! Now I know why I love the sea!! Look at the waves of the sea over the sand how clean and clear. This is the Mediterranean. The sea that my great grandparents sailed to come to America. What powerful beauty to leave behind. What a strong people they were.

Graphical relationship among the various pre-socratic philosophers and thinkers; red arrows indicate a relationship of opposition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Agriculture, Fishing, Greek, Ironworking, Italian, Italian Immigration, Italy, Pharmaceuticals, Port, Porto Empedocle Vigata, Prison, Rock Salt, Strait Of Sicily, Tower

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Shannon Lynn Farlouis is an online freelance writer for Yahoo Associated Content, Triond, Helium, Textbroker, PoetryPoem, ListMyFive, and more. She makes her home in Louisiana.

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