It was 409BC when some frightening news arrived at the Greek stone quarry of Cusa in Sicily: a Carthaginian fleet had been sighted sailing towards the nearby city of Selinunte. War was certain. The slaves and laborers fled the scene and escaped. The town was destroyed after the defeat and no work ever occurred at the quarry again. All has remained exactly as it was on that fateful day: dozens of column sections that still pepper the quarries provide us with a tangible idea of how the temples at Selinunte were built.