The Battle of Himera

In 480 BC Theron, tyrant of Agrigento, moved against Himera in order to achieve his dream of an outlet on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
However, the city, located near present-day Termini Imerese, was also coveted by the Carthaginians, with whom Theron fought. The Greeks of Sicily had a crushing victory in the battle and many prisoners who, during their escape, had taken refuge in the territory of Agrigento, were captured and enslaved: the great availability of manpower provided by them allowed for the beginning of the monumentalisation of Agrigento, the ruins of which can still be admired.