The site of Molino a Vento had already been occupied in prehistoric times. The discovery of Proto-Corinthian ceramics from the last quarter of the VIII century a.C., attests the presence of a first allocation of protons to which the name of Lindioi in memory of Lindos, city of the motherland had been given. Already from the first half of the VII century BC, some buildings were built in the area, such as a shrine in antis (Temple A), dedicated to AthenaLindia, the patron goddess of the city, whose remains were later incorporated into the foundations of a second temple (Temple B), built during the 6th century and still dedicated to Athena. During the 6th century, the area was enclosed on the northern side by a wall of large square blocks, almost two metres wide.


In the first half of the 5th century B.C., under the Dinomenids, the city's rulers, the urban layout was completed and a new temple (Temple C) was built, partly to celebrate the Greeks' victory over the Carthaginians at Himera (480 B.C.). After the severe defeat of Gela by the Carthaginians in 405 B.C., the acropolis was occupied by craftsmen's quarters and some of the existing buildings were rebuilt, changing their use.

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