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The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily

  • Luca Cerchiai, Lorena Janelli, and Fausto Longo
    Photographs by Mark Edward Smith

    After colonizing the Aegean islands and the coast of Asia Minor, the ancient Greeks turned toward southern Italy and Sicily, driven by the unrest that troubled their homeland in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C. The new arrivals brought with them their language, their cultural and religious traditions, and the institution of the polis. In Italy they created an autonomous political community that eventually surpassed the cities of Greece in wealth, military power, and architectural and cultural splendor. Such forefathers of Western philosophy as Pythagoras, Parmenides, and Archimedes lived and worked within this civilization.

    The Greek Cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily presents an overview of Greek colonization in Italy and the principal historical events that took place in this area from the Archaic period until the ascendancy of the Romans. This comprehensive survey is followed by a review of the major archaeological sites in the region.

    Luca Cerchiai is professor of Italian archaeology and Etruscology at the University of Salerno. Lorena Jannelli is archaeological inspector at the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici of Liguria. Fausto Longo is a specialist in classical archaeology at the University of Lecce and doctor of research in archaeology at the University of Naples.

    288 pages
    8 1/4 x 10 inches
    240 color illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-89236-751-1

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum