Mertens, D. 1984
Himera was the first Greek settlement on this part of Sicily and was a strategic outpost just outside the eastern boundary of the Carthaginian-controlled west. The Battle of Himera (480 BC), supposedly fought on the same day as the more famous Battle of Salamis, saw the Greek forces of Syracuse, and Akragas, defeat the Carthaginian force, ending a Carthaginian bid for control of Himera.
The only recognizable ruin in this city is the Tempio della Vittoria (Temple of Victory), a Doric structure supposedly built to commemorate the defeat of the Carthaginians. To the south of the temple was the town's necropolis.