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PERGUSA (Cozzo Matrice) Enna, Sicily.

An ancient legend placed the Rape of Persephone/Kore by Plouto on the shores of the lake of Pergusa, and a grotto is shown today as the one through which the god's chariot is reputed to have passed. In the whole area N of the lake graves may still be seen in the shape of small artificial grottos (8th-6th c. B.C.) from which come goods including pottery of the so-called Licodia Eubea type, together with imported Greek material, such as one finds in many Sikel-Greek settlements of central and S Sicily. Of the habitation center connected with this group of graves only a few uninvestigated traces are left on the nearby Cozzo Matrice (857 m above sea level). Sherds found there suggest that the small town flourished until the 3d c. B.C. This archaeological material is visible in the

Alessi Museum at Enna. A. CURCIO

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