CENTURIPE (formerly CENTORBI, anc. KepiOpal-a or Centuripae) , a
See also:town of
See also:Sicily, in the province of
See also:Catania, situated 2380 ft. above
See also:sea-level in a commanding situation, 7 M . N. of the railway station of Catenanuova-Centuripe, which is 28 m . W. from Catania . Pop . (1901) 11,311 .
See also:Thucydides mentions it as a city of the Sicels . It became an ally of the Athenians at the
See also:time of their expedition against Syracuse, and maintained its independence almost uninterruptedly (though it fell under the power of
See also:Agathocles) until the First Punic War .
See also:Cicero describes it, perhaps with some exaggeration, as being far the largest and richest city of Sicily, and as having a population of Io,000, engaged in the cultivation of an extensive territory . It was granted Latin rights before the
See also:rest of Sicily . It appears to have suffered much in the war against Sextus Pompeius, and not to have regained its former prosperity under the
See also:empire .
See also:Frederick II. entirely destroyed it in 1233, but it was soon rebuilt . Considerable remains of the
See also:ancient city walls and of buildings, mostly of the
See also:period, still exist, and numerous antiquities, including some
See also:fine Hellenistic terra-cottas, have been discovered in casual excavations .
See F . Ansaldi, I Monldmenti dell' antica Centuripi (Catania, 1851) ; P . Orsi in Atti del Congresso Internazionale di Scienze Storiche (Rome, 1904), v . 177 . (T .
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