Historically, Palermo has always played the role of a capital due to the strategic position and the remarkable structure of the harbour, hence contributing in becoming a centre of commerce. As from the date of its foundation by the Phoenicians around 7th c.B.C, Palermo served as a port.
The Phoenicians have made of the settlement a trading post together with the early Sicilian and Greek people then occupying this territory. To identify the area, it was used the Greek term Panormos meaning 'all port', thus confirming the intensity of ties with the adjoining and neighbouring Greek colonies. In 480 B.C. Palermo was still a base port for the
The stepping stone occurred around 276 B.C. when the city fell under the Greek domain. Following the Punic wars Palermo became the chief Punic base in Sicily. Under the Romans, who conquered it in 254 B.C., the city has maintained its prosperous commercial activity and Roman Palermo has also extended its territory.
In A.D. 491 Palermo was conquered by Theodoric and in A.D. 535 it was brought by the general Belasarius under Byzantine rule. Palermo lived a stable phase for three centuries (535-831) during which, the Church strengthened its authority. This era left several early churches in the city. The Arabs conquered the city in A.D 831 and in A.D. 948, Sicily became an autonomous emirate, with Palermo serving as its capital. The city expanded once more its territory, it became a notorious cultural seat, and it flourished with mosques, palaces and gardens. Now it was not only a centre of commerce but it was also at the centre of attraction of poets.
Rightly, during this prosperous period it was known as 'splendid' (ziz), and as from this date Palermo maintained a clear historical and cultural identity.
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