8 things about Etna that you may not know
Mount Etna has always rouse curiosity. Since the ancient age – when men could not understand the cause of the volcanic phoenomena and they attributed them to supernatural origins – to nowadays, since scientists from all over the world come to Sicily to study the volcano accurately.
Let’s try to learn things about Etna, about its stories and legends:
- the old Greek name of the volcano was “Aitna”, which means “to burn”;
- “Mongibello” is another name for Etna. This term comes from the union between the Latin word “mons” – mountain – and the Arabic word “gibel” – mountain. In this case, the repetition of the term “mountain” expresses the majesty of the volcano.
- Mount Etna is 3343 mt high: it is the highest volcano of the Eurasian Plate!
- According to a legend, the Goddess Athena buried the giant Encelado under the Sicily and his inflammed breath would provoke the eruptions of Mount Etna, being his face just under the volcano.
- According to other old stories, inside of Mount Etna there would be the laboratory where the Ciclops fabricate the thunderbolts that Zeus uses as weapons.
- Other stories say that there would be a castle of King Arthur hidden inside one of the caves of the volcano.
- It is told that the famous Greek pre-Socratic philosopher Empedocles threw himself into the volcano to discover the secrets of the volcanic activity.
- In June 2013 Mount Etna was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
How many of these things about Etna did you already know?