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Stories and Characters of the Medieval Period

They were years of hard clashes between Romans and Carthaginians in the Mediterranean.
Sicily is divided into two: Greeks and Carthaginians on the one hand and Romans on the other share the influence on the island and the peace that resulted from the defeat of Pyrrhus is now a distant memory.
The republic, after the death of the Greek tyrant Gerone II, is in decline. Syracuse is divided between opposing factions and is under Roman control. The city resists thanks to the ingenuity of its inventor, Archimedes, who puts his inventions at the service of the Syracuse resistance.

The people all over the island are at the limit of their strength. Aetlius, priest of the temple of Apollo, interpreted the signs from the sky and prepared himself for victory and even more for defeat. Domitia, a slave in the service of Lavinia, tried the road to the west and returned to Carthage, while Salio challenged exile by making alliances with the opposing factions. On the other side, the Roman army defends with courage and honour the positions conquered by Biton.

DOMIZIA 
Slave

Beautiful slave of Carthaginian origin, born and raised in the central lands of Sicily.
With the escalation of wars, she fears for her life and decides to run away. But will she manage to leave the places where she grew up and return to her parents’ homeland, Carthage, which she has never seen before?

 

PLACES OF INTEREST

(POI)

• MORGANTINA (EN);

• MOZIA (TP);

• VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE (EN).

BITONE 
Soldier

The course of the war between Rome and Carthage, a conflict destined to change the fate of Sicily and the entire Mediterranean, depended on the young soldier, a Roman lookout post.
The gods chose Biton as their messenger, will he be as fast as Mercury and keep the Roman stations informed?

PLACES OF INTEREST

(POI)

• SELINUNTE (TP);

• VALLE DEI TEMPLI (AG).

AETLIO 
Priest

The elderly priest of the temple of Apollo suffers while Syracuse fights in the war against the Romans. The god had already announced to him the fate of the Syracusans and now has the ungrateful task of communicating it to his fellow citizens.
Will they be able to defeat the Romans, or will the help of Archimedes’ machines not be enough against the divine will?

 

PLACES OF INTEREST

(POI)

• PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLA NEAPOLIS (SR);

• ORECCHIO DI DIONISIO (SR);

• TEMPIO DI APOLLO (SR).

LAVINIA 
Matron

Mistress of Domizia, the noblewoman of Roman origin lives in the central lands, managing the house and attending the theatrical performances.
But between a tragedy and a comedy she will have to face the news of Domitia’s escape and her husband Salio’s return from exile.

 

PLACES OF INTEREST

(POI)

• TEATRO GRECO ROMANO (CT);

• PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLE EOLIE (ME);

• TEATRO GRECO DI TINDARI (ME);

• TEATRO ANTICO DI TAORMINA (ME).

BARCA
Gladiator

A young Carthaginian who had fallen into Roman hands and is now a gladiator. His back is full of bruises and cuts, but his soul is strong and he fights to survive every day in the arenas.
Although now he fights against his old battle mates, whose lives he had once saved.  


PLACES OF INTEREST (POI)

• ANFITEATRO ROMANO (CT).

SALIO 
Political

Lavinia’s husband, lord of the central lands, acted against his people and for this reason he was exiled. The war is his opportunity to return to Sicily and as a skilled double-crosser, wait for the war to give a winner.
But will he manage not to be discovered before time?

PLACES OF INTEREST

(POI)

• PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DI SEGESTA (TP);

• PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DI SOLUNTO (PA).