Mount Etna: Europe’s Fire-Breathing Monster

By Karen Harris
The Etna Volcano erupts from the south-east crater, spewing lava and ash on December 22, 2018 in Catania, Italy. Source: (Photo by Fabrizio Villa/Getty Images)

In recent days, Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has roared back to life and is spewing lava across the island of Sicily. To the people of Sicily, however, the current eruption is just one of a long line of volcanic activity that stretches back into antiquity. Myths, legends, and folklore have surrounded Mount Etna and the volcano has even played a decisive role in history.