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LICODIA EUBEA Catania, Sicily.

The site is bounded by the Castello Hill to the SW and Mt. Calvario to the NE. Identified by some scholars with Euboia, colony of Laontinoi mentioned by Herodotos (7.156), Strabo (6.272.6; 10.449.15), and Pseudo Skymnos (VV.283-90), it was probably a Sikel settlement. Various excavations have brought to light necropoleis in the districts of Calvario, Perriera, Orto della Signora, Bianchette, Sarpellizza, as well as a hypogaeum in via Providenza, all datable between the end of the 7th c. and the middle of the 5th c. B.C. The tombs are rock-cut chambers, cists and pit graves; they contained a type of pottery which is named after the site itself; it is wheel-made, decorated with mat paint in dark tones, brown or dark reddish on a light slip. On the Castello Hill Christian cemeteries have been found.


V. La Ciura, “Memoria sull'antica Eubea, oggi Licodia,” Appendis to Biscari, Viaggio per le Antichità della Sicilia (1817); P. Orsi, “La necropoli di Licodia Bubea ed i vasi geometrici del IV periodo sicub,” RömMitt (1898); id., “Sepolcri siculi dell'ultimo periodo,” NSc (1902); id., “Contributi alla Sicilia Cristiana,” Röm. Quartalschrift für Christl. Altertumskunde (1904); id., “Sepolcri Siculi e piccole Catacombe Cristiane,” NSc (1905); id., “Ipogeo siculo-grecizzante di Licodia Eubea,” RömMitt (1909); V. Cannizzo, “Topografia archeologica di Licodia Bubea,” Arch. St. Sic. or. 6 (1909).


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