It’s the 8th century BCE. Colonists have arrived in Sicily from Corinth, a city-state between Athens and Sparta, to establish settlements. On this southeastern part of the island, across the Ionian sea from the motherland, rises the great capital city of Syracuse. Allied with Corinth and Sparta, Syracuse will one day help dominate Magna Graecia, growing as large as Athens in the 5th century BCE.
In 664 BCE, the nearby settlement of Akrai is founded. It’s one of the Corinthians’ first colonies, located in the modern city of Palazzolo Acreide. Located high atop Pinita hill, Akrai’s strategic location offers it great potential for prosperity and growth, and makes it ideal as a defensive point for Syracuse. Some time during the third or second century, a Greek theater will be built overlooking the lands below, further establishing Grecian culture in Sicilian lands.