ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL SICILY
They came, they saw, they conquered, they left. Strategically located
in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily was bound to attract
the attention of colonists, merchants, imperialists, and generals.
Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French,
and Spaniards all conquered the island; in turn they were conquered,
and left behind splendid monuments of their occupation. Some of the
best preserved classical Greek temples, Hellenistic fortifications,
Roman mosaics, Phoenician ruins, and examples of Norman art and
architecture are to be found on Sicily.
The lectures are richly illustrated with images, and course material will
include detailed lecture notes, maps and plans.
- The Three-Cornered Island. Well known to Homer, the
Phoenicians, and the Egyptians, Sicily from an early date came
to the notice of the sailors and merchants who plied the
- The Greeks. Escaping cramped conditions in the homeland,
Greeks found Sicily to be a veritable Elysian Fields, and the
new colonies soon surpassed the motherland in wealth and
- Romans, Byzantines, and Arabs. Each new conqueror added
another layer of splendor to Sicily that came to serve its new
masters as an island paradise.
- Norman Might and Majesty. A semi-barbaric army of Norse
soldiers of fortune captured and were captivated by Sicily.
Absorbing the cultures of all those who came before them, the
Normans produced some of the most sublime medieval
mosaics and works of architecture.
121 DVD. 4 lectures on DVD $30.00.
121 DVD: 4 lectures on DVD $30.00.