Places of the Myth of Cronus-Saturn: Altar of Kronos
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Places of the Myth of Cronus-Saturn: Altar of Kronos

Places of identity and memory (IWB)

Places of myth and legends: Myth of Cronus - Saturn


The site is part of the Places of Myth and Legends - entered in the Register of the Sicily Region LIM (Places of the gods and minor divinities)

In Caltabellotta, as evidence of the ancient custom of making human sacrifices in honor of Baal, there is the sacrificial altar (Gogala cliff) dedicated to Cronos which has channels on the sides and where it is assumed that sacrifices still took place in the Greek and Roman periods probably human too.

According to the historian Diodorus Siculus (lib. III.61), Cronos was the king of Sicily, Libya and also of Italy. He established his power over the western regions of Sicily, occupying all the most important hills of the region with garrisons. Precisely for this reason, again according to Diodorus, in Sicily and in other western regions, many mountainous areas were called, from his name, Cronia. Diodorus speaks of a place named Cronio about the defeat suffered by the tyrant of Syracuse, Dionysus, by the Carthaginians in 383 BC

To read the file on the myth of Cronus see Cronos (Saturn)

Places reported on the IWB: 

• Arm of S. Raineri (Messina)
• Mount Kronio (Sciacca, Agrigento)
Kronio Castle, slopes of Monte Pellegrino (Palermo) - Not identified
• Promontory of Trapani
• Altar of Kronos, Rupe Gogala (Caltabellotta, Agrigento)
• Monte Scuderi, formerly Monte Saturno (Fiumedinisi, Messina)

To view the places included in the IWB of the Myth of Cronus-Saturn on an Interactive Map, see the following web page: The places of Cronos

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

Photo: web

Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily

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