Henry Matthews brings to life the ancient cities of Sicily. He illuminates the history of the island from the Greek migrations in the 8th century BCE to the creation of great trading cities in the classical era, with magnificent temples and theaters. He discusses topics from the role of mythology in the Panhellenic world to the achievements of Sicilian scientists, artists, poets, playwrights, and philosophers. After briefly introducing the principles of Greek architecture, he guides readers around seven cities, revealing the unique character of individual buildings and their role in distinctive urban designs. 9 maps, 18 drawings and 135 photographs offer travelers a vivid record of the fascinating places they have seen.