3 February 2022
Numerous Greek settlements on Sicily connect the name of the city to the name of a nymph. Likewise, the earliest and most accurately datable objects connected to Sicilian nymphs are coins showing individual nymphs as personifications of the cities themselves. Contemporary to the coins are the victory odes of Pindar, celebrating the Sicilian athletes, in which nymphs are seen as bearers of civic identity. Why is the focus on these minor nature deities so prominent on Sicily?