Sicily: Heritage of the World [Paperback]

Dirk Booms(Editor); Peter John Higgs(Editor)

ISBN: 9780861592227 | Published by: British Museum | Series: British Museum Research Publications | Volume: 222 | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 200p, H11.7 x W8.3, 190
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The island of Sicily is at the heart of the Mediterranean and from ancient times to the present day it has been a hub of migration and settlement. Following on from the British Museum’s critically acclaimed 2016 exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest, this volume considers the history and material culture of the different peoples occupying Sicily at key points in the island’s history. Part I concentrates on ancient Sicily during the time of Greek settlement, exploring themes such as the creation of urban centers during this period and the production of Sicilian terracotta between the 5th and 4th centuries BC. In Part II, the focus shifts to the Middle Ages, Sicily’s period of enlightenment under Muslim and Norman rules, with key themes including Norman identity and the use of the Norman legacy in the 19th century.

With contributions from international experts in the field, the volume presents new insights into the economy, architecture and social identity of the island, including research on recently excavated sites. The result is a rich collection of essays that provides a comprehensive overview of this cosmopolitan island’s unique identity and its significance in a wider Mediterranean context.

Table of Contents

Part I: Ancient Sicily

Chapter 1: Constructing cultures: re-evaluating the creation of cities and houses in Archaic and Classical Sicily (Matthew Fitzjohn)
Chapter 2: Monte Iato: the Archaic settlement as cultural contact zone (Birgit Öhlinger)
Chapter 3: Greek Sicily: a world apart? (Franco de Angelis)
Chapter 4: Colonial encounters in ancient Sicily (Francesca Spatafora)
Chapter 5: A toreutic workshop between east and west: recent thoughts on the gold objects from Sant'Angelo Muxaro (Gioconda Lamagna and Dario Palermo)
Chapter 6: Cultural connections between east and west: the sculpture from Selinous and its surroundings (Caterina Greco)
Chapter 7: Theories and dilemmas in conserving the warrior from Agrigento (Tommaso Guagliardo and Donatella Mangione)
Chapter 8: The Chatsworth House connection – a marble leg from Agrigento (Peter John Higgs)
Chapter 9: External influences and local reinterpretation in the production of terracottas on Sicily between the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. A case study: the head of Hades from Morgantina (Maria Lucia Ferruzza)
Chapter 10: Making sense of epigraphic culture in ancient Sicily (Jonathan R.W. Prag)
Chapter 11: Philippianus and his rural estate in late Roman Sicily:
recent excavations at Gerace near Enna (Roger Wilson)

Part II: Medieval Sicily

Chapter 12: Sic transit: public works and private lives through four regimes (Martin Carver and Alessandra Molinari)
Chapter 13: Before the Normans: identity and societal formation in Muslim Sicily (Alex Metcalfe)
Chapter 14: Norman identity and the anonymous Historia sicula (John Aspinwall and Alex Metcalfe)
Chapter 15 Gardens and orchards of Islamic influence in medieval Sicily (Giuseppe Barbera)
Chapter 16: The swan song of the multilingual chancery (Nadil Jamil and Jeremy Johns)
Chapter 17: Gothic revival architecture and decoration between Bourbon absolutism and Sicilian nationalism in Palermo in the early 19th century (Pierfrancesco Palazzotto)
Chapter 18: The royal tombs in the cathedral of Palermo: conceptions and misconceptions (Valeria Sola)
Chapter 19: The Masi chapel, a case of Sicilian-Norman revival (Maurizia Onori)

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