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You have often heard that Syracuse is the largest Greek city, and the most beautiful of all. His reputation is not misused: occupies a very strong position, it is also beautiful from any direction you arrive, both for ground and sea, and has two ports and embraced almost enclosed by the buildings of the city. These ports have different entrances, but that converge and connect the other end.
At the point of contact, the part of town called 's island, separated by a stretch of sea, it is assembled and connected to the rest by a narrow bridge. The city is so large as to be regarded as the union of four cities, and very large: one of these is Ortigia, which, surrounded by the two ports, it pushes up the opening that gives access to both. Nell 'island the royal palace that belonged to Leron II, now used by the praetor, and there are many temples, among which the most important, however, are by far one of Diana and Minerva, rich in works of art before 'arrival of Verre.
At the island is a source of fresh water, called Aretusa of extraordinary abundance, filled with fish, which would be completely covered by sea, if not prevent a dam of stone.
The other town is called Acradina, where the Forum is a great, beautiful porticos, pritaneo a wealth of works of art, a very wide curia and a great temple of Jupiter Olimpio, the rest of the city, which is occupied by private buildings, is divided throughout its length by a large way, and cut by several cross streets.
The third town, called Tycha because it was an ancient temple of Fortune, includes a gymnasium and many great temples: this is a much sought after district and many homes.
The fourth is called Neapolis (new city), because it built to last: in the highest part of it is a great theater, and also two major temples of Ceres and Libera, and the statue of Apollo called Temen very beautiful and great which Verre, if he had, he would not have hesitated to take away.