Once upon a time Philosophiana

The discovery of a Roman mansio in the heart of Sicily


“Once upon a time Philosophiana” is a journey to discover the mansio of Sofiana, in the territory of Mazzarino (CL). Through the historic events of the archaeological site it is possible to reconstruct the framework of the socio-economic “revolution”, essential and profound, which led to Sicily being the home of the big landowners during the late antiquity.

Ancient origins, dating back to the Bronze Age, Sofiana was a frequented area for many centuries.

During the Augustan age, it became a rich and important urban center, located along the road that joined Catania and Agrigento.

In late antiquity, the center of Sofiana underwent considerable changes and replaced the village with the Roman mansio, a shelter place for travelers. Marked by the traces of the early christian tradition of Sicily, the area had a story to tell for the subsequent centuries up to the age of Frederick II.






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