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Sicily culture and conquest

Author: Dirk Booms; Peter Higgs, (Museum curator); British Musem,
Publisher: London : British Museum Press, 2016.
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A compelling and richly illustrated book capturing the glory of Sicily in its most significant periods and challenging assumptions about the island's identity, history,achievements and culture Sicily's central location and natural resources have meant that various peoples have sought to conquer, control and settle on the island throughout its 3000-year history. Its Italian identity,with which we are familiar today,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
History
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dirk Booms; Peter Higgs, (Museum curator); British Musem,
ISBN: 9780714122892 0714122890
OCLC Number: 949986024
Notes: This publication accompanies the exhibition 'Sicily: culture and conquest' at the British Museum 21 April-14 August 2016.
Description: 288 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color), color maps, plans ; 27 cm
Responsibility: Dirk Booms and Peter Higgs.

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A compelling and richly illustrated book capturing the glory of Sicily in its most significant periods and challenging assumptions about the island's identity, history,achievements and culture Sicily's central location and natural resources have meant that various peoples have sought to conquer, control and settle on the island throughout its 3000-year history. Its Italian identity,with which we are familiar today, emerged only comparatively recently. It was under the rule of the ancient Greeks and medieval Normans that Sicily really flourished; golden eras when it became a serious political player and one of the wealthiest and most culturally prosperous places in Europe.Through an engaging text, exploring themes such as art,architecture and culture, and a remarkable selection of objects,from monumental metopes and beautiful mosaics to reliquary pendants and chess pieces (many revealing a distinct Sicilian character and style), this book provides a visually stunning insight into the key periods of Sicily's extraordinary past.

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