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Sicily occupies a crucial position in the Mediterranean world. It is at the heart of many cross-currents of trade, people, and ideology that flowed unceasingly through the ancient period. The island was home to many people, most of them not native to it: Phoenicians, Greeks, and then Romans settled there, and sought ways of expressing their hybrid identities. The Sicilians, no less than their invaders, were concerned with their image and their contribution to the age. In this volume ideas of identity, image and acculturation are the central themes. The contributions combine detailed investigation of the archaeological finds in which the island abounds, with an examination of the understudied tradition of history and literature on or about the island. The book provides a chronological account of the island's history, interwoven with a series of discussions of Sicilian identity: to show Sicily as a centre of affairs from the Iron Age to the Augustan Empire within the context of a fundamentally regional ancient world. The book includes a chronology and guides for further reading.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748613663
ISBN-10: 0748613668
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Pages: 242
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Christopher John Smith

Christopher J. Smith is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. Dr John Serrati is Teaching Fellow in Ancient History at the University of St Andrews.

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