National Geographic : 1943 Feb
260 The National Geographic Magazine ,1 I Fillllpo Clanciafara Like a Trojan Horse, the Figure of Messina's Plunderer Parades the City When Messina was controlled by Byzantine Greeks, the Latin islanders called them grifoni, or plunderers. After the grifoni were ousted, this legendary figure remained in Sicilian pageantry. Again, as often in the past, beautiful Sicily lies in the path of war. Occupying sites where history was made for 3,000 years, Italian and German airfields now serve as springboards for Axis transports between Europe and Africa (page 261).