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Messana, Messene
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[1] Town in northeastern Sicily

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(Μεσσάνα/Messána, Ionian Μεσσήνη/Messḗnē, Lat. Messana). Town in northeastern Sicily, modern Messina. The original name Zancle (Ζάγκλη/Zánklē = Siculan: ‘sickle’) is derived from the topographically suggestive shape of the natural harbour (Thuc. 6,4,5).

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Sonnabend, Holger (Stuttgart), Niehoff, Johannes (Freiburg), Lafond, Yves (Bochum) and Wirbelauer, Eckhard (Freiburg), “Messana, Messene”, 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 26 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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