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Gela

Γέλα or Γέλη). A city on the south coast of Sicily, on a river of the same name, founded by Rhodians from Lindus, and by Cretans, B.C. 690. It soon obtained great power and wealth; and, in 582, it founded Agrigentum. Gelon transported half of its inhabitants to Syracuse: the place gradually fell into decay, and in the time of Augustus was not inhabited. The poet Aeschylus died here. See Gelon.

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