L-ANT/03 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

To show the main phases of the history of ancient Sicily; to promote a proper use of literary, epigraphical, archaeological and numismatic sources; to present the most important theories of modern scholars about the main themes of the history of ancient Sicily; to provide instruments and methods to study and to process historical data.

Course Structure

Frontal and interactive lessons.

Detailed Course Content

Fonts about the history of ancient Sicily; greek settlements in Sicily; Sicilian tyrants; the democratical interlude; Dionysius the Elder and his successors; Timoleon in Sicily; Agathocles’ reign; Sicily during the Punic wars; the first Roman province; Sicily as Rome’s granary; Sicily in the second century B.C.; Verres’ gouvernment; Sicily in the first century B.C.; Sextus Pompey, Octavian and Sicily; Sicily in the Augustan age; Roman emperors and Sicily; Sicilian latifundia under the Roman empire; Sicily from the fourth to the sixth century A.D.

Textbook Information

  1. General course: Sicily from the Archaic age to the rule of Odoacer

- L. Braccesi- G. Millino, La Sicilia greca, Carocci, Roma 20103.

- C. Soraci, La Sicilia romana, Carocci, Roma 2016.


  1. History of ancient Sicily and promotion of the cultural heritage: some examples

- G. Lamagna (a cura di), Tesori dalla Sicilia: gli ori del British Museum a Siracusa, Regione Siciliana, Palermo 2015, pp. 3-23.

- G. Lamagna, R. Amato (a cura di), La rotonda di Adelfia. Testimonianze archeologiche dalla catacomba di S. Giovanni, Regione Siciliana, Palermo 2014, pp. 4-39.

Students have to choose one of the following texts:

- S. Pittia, Diodore et l’histoire de la Sicile républicaine, DHA suppl. 6 : Diodore d’Agyrion et l’histoire de la Sicile, 2011, pp. 171-226;

- R.J.A. Wilson, Roman villas in Sicily, in A. Marzano e G. Métraux (eds.), The Roman villa in the Mediterranean basin. Late Republic to Late Antiquity, Cambridge 2018, pp. 195-219.


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For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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