Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sicily's cavern like a large eardrum

 The grotto or cavern known as L'Orecchio di Dionysio 'Ear of Dionysius' is so named because the shape is thought to resemble an ear and because the Ear of Dionysius is associated with a tyrant of Syracuse named Dionysius. The Ear of Dionysius was formed from the limestone quarry there, either deliberately or naturally. The acoustics are excellent. It is 23 m. high and 65 m. deep. There are various theories about how Dionysius of Syracuse may have used the ear. He may have put prisoners there so their plans could   be overheard or so their screams could be heard when they were tortured.

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