Si Trova: a 10 km dalla Villa romana del Casale di Piazza Armerina
Lat: 37° 19' 8.126972" N - Long: 14° 17' 42.17234" E
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Two thousand years ago, near the place where the river Gela, then navigable, crossed the road that connected Katane (today's Catania) to Agrigentum, there was a rest area that included a village very popular with travelers of the time.
The discovery of bricks with the inscription "PHIL SOPH" gave the name of Philosophiana to this locality.
The owner of the whole area was most likely the same member of the Roman aristocracy who lived in the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina.
Today the archaeological area includes the statio, a basilica and four necropolis.
The statio shows continuity of life from the proto-imperial age until the third century AD, when it was destroyed.
There is a noble domus with a thermal plant referable to the 4th century AD, and a series of structures from later periods, including two beautiful sandstone stairs.
It was defended by walls and had a regular urban structure.
The findings testify that in late antiquity Greek was still spoken there and there was a Christian community.
There was also a small Jewish community on the site.
The basilica dates back to the seventh century AD, and has the plant still intact.
The necropolis have pit type tombs, and have returned interesting items, partly exhibited in the museum of Gela.
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