Definition: Mt. Aetna lies between the settlements of Tauromenium and Catana, in northeastern Sicily, where the volcano occasionally erupts, and did so in antiquity, producing a rich, fertile soil. Mt. Aetna is the highest active volcano of Europe today, measuring more than 10,000 feet in height. Roman myth said that Hephaestus and the Cyclops forged Zeus' thunderbolts within Mt. Aetna.
- Arthur Geoffrey Woodhead , Roger J. A. Wilson "Aetna" The Oxford Classical Dictionary
- Harper's dictionary of classical literature and antiquities, Volume 1 edited by Harry Thurston Peck
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Alternate Spellings: Mt. Etna