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Volcanoes and eruptive activity played a part in the lives of many people in southern Italy during the classical era, no more so than on the flanks of Mount Etna (Sicily), a volcano that has been continually active throughout the historical period. Both the Romans and Greeks settled at the foot and on the lower flanks of the volcano and it seems likely that they were attracted to the region by its considerable agricultural potential, in particular its plentiful supplies of water. In this paper, literary sources are used to explore three aspects of human response to the activity...

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