Elimi, Sicani and Siculi: the first islanders by chance

Elimi, Sicani and Siculi: the first islanders by chance

Elimi, Sicani and Siculi: the first islanders by chance

Did you know that Sicily was inhabited by pre-Hellenic populations known as “Elimi, Sicani, and Siculi”?

The Elimi occupied the western side of the island and are believed to have originated from an escape from the city of Troy during the period when Achaeans were destroying it. While some believe that they had an Italic origin, the other one is the more interesting thesis.

The Sicani, on the other hand, inhabited the central area of the island between the rivers Himera and Halykos. We don’t know much about their origins, but they were probably Hiberians or indigenous people. They may have changed the toponym of the island to Sikania from Trinacria.

The name Siculi is believed to have originated from the king Siculo (or Sikelòs). They were among the first populations to occupy the island, arriving in Sicily in 756 B.C. They occupied the east side of the island and forced the Sicani to revise their borders while occupying portions of their territory.

But this story is still full of secrets, we could call it a mixture of truth and legend.

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