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An ancient and thriving Sicel settlement, it became a Greek colony under Timoleon the Corinthian in 339 BC and was named Agyrion. This is where Diodorus Siculus was born in the 1st century BC, the great historian who first attempted to write a universal history of the world.
The town was evangelized in the 4th century by St. Philip, known as the Syrian. The Roman period was not prosperous. The Arab domination is recognizable even today in the complex layout of lanes and courtyards. The earthquake in 1693 caused great damage and hindered the growth of the town (while nearby towns developed).
Of interest is the castle on the hill top.
Photo courtesy of Veda Howell.
Churches (Nicosia Diocese) include the following:
Families researched in these records include the following:
Links to other sites about Agira include:
My latest book on CD is titled Sicily, Part 1 and Part 2 is now available on 2 CDs. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.