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City on the eastern coast of Sicily (area
Syracuse was founded in 733 by settlers coming from Corinth (Thucydides, VI, 3). The site, with the island of Ortygia close to the shore, affords two well protected harbors.
It was ruled by Dionysius the Elder from 406 to his death in 367 and Plato went to his court in about 387.