British Museum – Sicily: culture and conquest 21/04–14/08/16

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British Museum – Sicily: culture and conquest 21/04–14/08/16

Postby Rennoldson » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:45 pm

Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. Since the 7th century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all settled or invaded the island, lured by its fertile lands and strategic location. Over time, this series of conquests forged a cultural identity unlike any other.

This exhibition tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the Greeks and their encounters with the Phoenicians and other settlers, to the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule in the 11th to 13th centuries.

For much of its history, Sicily was admired and envied for its wealth, cultural patronage and architecture. In the exhibition, ancient Greek sculpture, architectural decorations from temples, churches and palaces, early coinage, stunning gold jewellery, and Norman mosaics and textiles demonstrate Sicily’s diversity, prosperity and significance over hundreds of years.

Discover an island with a cosmopolitan history and identity – a place where the unique mix of peoples gave rise to an extraordinary cultural flowering. The art and objects they produced are some of the most beautiful and important in the history of the Mediterranean.

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Re: British Museum – Sicily: culture and conquest 21/04–14/0

Postby Rennoldson » Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:36 pm

I visited this at the weekend. Like a football match, its an exhibition of two halves - the first half concentrates on the ancient Greeks in Sicily and the second half is about the Normans. Aside from a brass eagle that topped a Norman standard, there is nothing of military interest in the exhibits. But its still an interesting exhibition none the less.
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