Enna (ānˈnä), town, capital of Enna prov., central Sicily, Italy. It is an agricultural market, resort, and sulfur-mining center. In ancient times Enna was devoted to the cult of Ceres. It was taken by Syracuse (396 B.C.) and by Rome (258 B.C.) and played a major part in the Sicilian slave rebellion that occurred from 135 B.C. to 132 B.C. The town was later captured by the Arabs (9th cent.) and then by the Normans (11th cent.). An imposing citadel (14th cent.) dominates Enna. Until 1927 the town was called Castrogiovanni.
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a city in southern Italy, on the island of Sicily. Capital of Enna Province. Population, 29,400 (1975). Potassium salts and natural gas are extracted near Enna. The city has chemical and clothing industries. Cultural institutions include the Alessi Art Museum.
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