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Alesa Arconidea (Messina Province) is the ancient city of Alesa is near the modern town of Castel di Tusa. It was probably founded by Arachonides, tyrant of Herbita, around 403 BC, for which reason it was called Arconidea. According to another tradition, it was founded by the Carthaginian. The first Sicilian city to pass to the Romans (in 263 BC, during the First Punic War), it was treated by them with particular favor - they made it a Free and Immune city.

The decline began in the Augustan Age, when it may have become a municipium governed by two magistrates, the duumviri.

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