22 May 2016

Panormus (Sicily-Italy)

Kaart Panormus

Palermo in the northwest of Sicily was called Panormus in Roman times. The name comes from the Greek and means ‘complete port’. In 20 BC it became a colony of Rome, Colonia Augusta Panormitanorum.

Not much has been written about the Imperial period. The city received military colonists under Vespasian and under Hadrian. The ancient city probably occupied the site immediately around the port, but there are no means of tracing its topography: all ancient remains have disappeared, or are covered by modern buildings. The only ancient remains now visible at Palermo are some slight vestiges of an amphitheatre near the Royal Palace, but numerous inscriptions, as well as fragments of sculpture and other objects of antiquity, have been discovered on the site, and are preserved in the museum at Palermo. Important mosaics were discovered at Piazza della Vittoria. In Terracina a funeral inscription from the first century BC was found set up by the cives Romani in Sicilia Panhormi qui negotiantur, "the Roman citizens of Panormus in Sicily who trade".

See also:
- Roberto Piperno's pages about Palermo.
- A movie about the Roman villa at Piazza della Vittoria by the Associazione Culturale Sikeliotes.

Schätzen Sie unsere Arbeit?

Bitte unterstützen Sie uns mit einer Spende

Werden Sie Mitglied
Neueste Artikel & Projekte

Massilia, “La Cité Phocéenne" (Englisch)

Massilia, “La Cité Phocéenne

There are several legends about the origins of Massalia (Roman Marseille) ...........

Weiterlesen ...

Patara, Wiege der Zivilisation (Englisch)

Patara, Wiege der Zivilisation (Englisch)

It was one of the four largest settlements in the Xanthos Valley and the only one in open communication with the sea...........

Weiterlesen ...

Ein Interview über die Datierung von Backsteinmauern (Englisch)

Ein Interview über die Datierung von Backsteinmauern (Englisch)

An average visitor might wonder how you determine that date..........

Weiterlesen ...

Eine Hafenstadt am Ende der Welt (Englisch)

Eine Hafenstadt am Ende der Welt (Englisch)

 

Then a promontory rises in the sea in the shape of a great horn...........

Weiterlesen ...

Luna (Englisch)

Luna  (Englisch)

By moonlight the ships departed from Portus Lunae...........

Weiterlesen ...
Zuletste neuigkeiten

About Roman Ports

Amor and PsycheWe are committed to providing versions of our articles and interviews in several languages, but our first language is English.

Please become a member of the Facebook group, which is our main communication platform. There you can learn about upcoming events and items of interest, post your own photos, or share any stories or general questions you may have.

If you have specific questions about our organisation, questions about financial issues, if you would like to assist in the production of our online magazine, or if you have specific requests or ideas for content, use our contactform below. You can contact us in any language!