Archeology of Sicily and Magna Graecia

Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: ELEONORA PAPPALARDO

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course aims to provide basic knowledge on the civilization of the Greeks of southern Italy and Sicily, through the diachronic analysis of the relationship of the colonies with the territory in which they were founded, the structure and organization of the cities, of the main architectural and figurative expressions. The course also intends to deepen the relationship between Greek settlers and indigenous people in the different territories. At the end of the course, the student must have acquired the ability to move autonomously between the different topics covered, to know how to build links and deepen the individual aspects of the discipline, using an appropriate language and a clear and orderly presentation. At the same time, models for the promotion and enhancement of Greek and Roman archaeological monuments in Sicily will be proposed to students.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons. Some courses will be held in seminar mode, for which students will be required to prepare powerpoint presentations on speci fi c agreed topics. If the teaching is given in a mixed or remote mode, the necessary changes with respect to what was previously stated may be introduced, in order to comply with the planned program.

Required Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of Greek Archeology

Attendance of Lessons

In attendance, not mandatory, but highly recommended.

Detailed Course Content

Introduction to the discipline and history of studies;

The archaeological evidence of the colonial phenomenon;

The development of the Greek colonies;

Analysis of the most representative monuments of the Greek cities of Sicily and southern Italy;

The relationship between the Greeks and the indigenous peoples.

Models of territorial promotion through the application of modern communication and sharing systems (documentaries, storytelling), also through the use of social networks.

Textbook Information

Gioacchino Francesco La Torre, Sicilia e Magna Grecia. Archeologia della colonizzazione greca d'Occidente, Editori Laterza, Roma-Bari 2001, capitoli 1-3 (pp. 5-132); capitoli 5-7 (pp. 157-334).

Rosa Maria Albanese Procelli, Sicani, Siculi, Elimi. Forme di identità, modi di contatto e processi di trasformazione, Longanesi & C., Milano 2003, pp. 131-243.

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Oral examination. Mastery of the contents and skills acquired, linguistic accuracy and lexical properties, as well as the argumentative ability demonstrated by the candidate will be taken into account. An intermediate test may be envisaged which will consist in the deepening and presentation of one of the topics covered during the course.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

The elements of contact between a local group and the inhabitants of Greek cities in a given territory in Sicily or in southern Italy;

The chronology of colonial foundations in Sicily according to Thucydides;

The location and significance of the sanctuaries in the Greek cities of Sicily and Magna Graecia