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Sicani
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(Σικανοί/Sikanoí). People in Sicily whose origin was already being discussed by ancient authors: Timaeus (FGrH 566 F 38; according to Thuc. 6,2,2 also others) considers them autochthonous, according to others (Hellanicus FGrH 4 F 79; Thuc. 6,2,2; Philistus FGrH 556 F 45; Ephor. FGrH 70 F 136; Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 1,22,2) they originated near the Sicanus River in Iberia, from where they had been driven away by the Ligures. It was from them that the island of Sicily, previously called Trinacria, acquired the name Sicania. Displaced by the Siculi migrating from Italy (T…

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Falco, “Sicani”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1112510>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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