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ICHANA (Ἴχανα: Eth. Ἰχανῖνος), a city of Sicily, which, according to Stephanus of Byzantium, held out for a long time against the arms of the Syracusans, whence he derives its name (from the verb ἰχανάω, a form equivalent to ἰσχανάω), but gives us no indication of the period to which this statement refers. The Ichanenses, however, are mentioned by Pliny (3.8. s. 14) among the stipendiary towns of the interior of Sicily, though, according to Sillig (ad loc.), the true reading is Ipanenses. [HIPPANA] In either case we have no clue to the position of the city, and it is a mere random conjecture of Cluverius to give the name of Ichana to the ruins of a city which still remain at a place called Vindicari, a few miles N. of Cape Pachynum, and which were identified (with still less probability) by Fazello as those of Imachara. [IMACHARA]


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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 3.8
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