A city of southern Sicily, Italy, on the Mediterranean Sea. Founded c. 688 bc by Greek colonists from Crete and Rhodes, it reached the height of its prosperity in the fifth century bc . The dramatist Aeschylus lived here.
It was founded (perhaps on the site of an early Sicanian settlement) by colonists from Gela about 582 B.C., and, though the lastest city of importance founded by the Greeks in Sicily, soon acquired a position second to that of Syracuse alone, owing to its favourable situation for trade with Carthage and to the fertility of its territory.
Among such settlements may be mentioned Phaselis in Lycia, perhaps also Soli in Cilicia, Salapia on the east Italian coast, Gela in Sicily, the Lipari islands, and Rhoda in north-east Spain.
Gelo, son of Deinomenes, tyrant of Gela and Syracuse.
From this time Gelo paid little attention to Gela, and devoted himself to the aggrandizement of Syracuse, which attained extraordinary wealth and influence.
GELA, a city of Sicily, generally and almost certainly identified with the modern Terranova.