Stesichorus, the greatest native Sicilian poet until Theocritus, is claimed by many west Greek cities. Himera on the north coast, claims to be his birthplace, but so does Matauria in Italy, and even Pallantium in Arcadia (according to the Suda). All seem agreed that he spent sometime in Catania, however, and that he in fact died there. When he died he was buried before a gate that came to bear his name as Stesichorus was a source of solid cultural capital. The tradition continues in the modern city — one of the central squares, that in which the remains of the Roman amphitheatre are found, now bears his name, Piazza Stesicoro. There is also a Via Teocrito, but it is much less impressive.
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