Selinunte was one of the most important of the ancient Greek colonies in Sicily, situated on the southwest coast of that island, at the mouth of the small river of the same name. It was founded, according to historian Thucydides, by a colony from the Sicilian city of Megara, under the conduct of a leader named Pammilus, about 100 years after the settlement of that city, with the addition of a fresh body of colonists from the parent city of Megara in Greece.The date is itself not accurately known, but it may be placed about 628 BC. The name is supposed to have been derived from quantities of wild parsley that grew on the spot. For the same reason, they adopted the parsley leaf as the symbol on their coins. I found the ruins to be most enchanting and magnificant and perhaps the most amazing part is that they are not over visited, so one is able to fully reflect on the beauty of the spot and not be jostled about by hundreds of tourists and endure the chatter of tens of tour guides. If you are any where near the site, you MUST go. This is the visit of a lifetime!
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