Travel & Archaeology

Sicily: Research

Recommended Publications:

” The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily” by R. Ross Holloway.
Routledge, 2000 (paperback), 232 pages, 222 black & white illustrations. ISBN 0415237912.
This comprehensive yet accessible survey from Professor Ross Holloway covers the Palaeolithic to later Roman periods and is the standard work on the archaeology of Sicily.
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“Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus. New Approaches in Archaeology and History” edited by Christopher Smith and John Serrati.
Edinburgh University Press, 2000 (paperback), 242 pages, 34 black & white illustrations. ISBN 0748613668.
Thirteen essays by established authorities take a stimulating variety of approaches to Sicily’s past from the late Bronze Age to the early Roman Empire, showing how the island’s identity and culture changed and evolved.
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“The Greeks in Sicily” by Lorena Jannelli and Fausto Longo.
 Arsenale, 2004 (paperback), 136 pages, colour and black & white illustrations. ISBN 8877432985.
A focused and well-presented guidebook providing an accessible overview of Greek colonisation in Sicily, with illustrated chapters on all the main sites. Extracted from its parent volume “Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily”.

“The Normans in the South, 1016-1130″ by John Julius Norwich. 
Faber & Faber, 2010 (paperback), 388 pages, ISBN 0571259642.
“The Kingdom of the Sun, 1130-1194″ by John Julius Nowrich.
Faber & Faber, 2010 (paperback), 474 pages, ISBN 0571260446
These two volumes recount the dazzling story of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. This is narrative history at its most scintillating, but it is also a superb traveller’s guide, listing, as it does, every Norman building still extant on the island.
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“Sicily Before history. An Archaeological Survey from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age” by Robert Leighton.
Cornell University Press, 1999 (paperback), 316 pages, 148 black & white illustrations. ISBN 0801485851.
A fairly detailed coverage of Sicily’s prehistoric archaeology which highlights principal sites and developments and addresses social and economic themes, concluding with an account of the indigenous society at the time of Greek and Phoenician settlement in the 8th century BC.
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