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VIDEO LECTURES by Dr. William J. Neidinger


  1. 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 Mediterranean.
  2. 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 magnificence.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Triskele Sicily - Neidinger Lecture

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.

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