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Sicily: Island at the Crossroads of History

We will cover the turbulent 3,000 year history of Sicily, as the island has experienced many invasions. Some invaders came to exploit the island, but a few came to lavishly embrace it. We will concentrate on the ancient and medieval "golden ages;" the ancient, when the Sicilian Greek colonies rivalled Greece as centers of culture; and the medieval, when the Normans established the Kingdom of Sicily, a unique multicultural state, where Latin and Greek Christians, Moslems and Jews all lived in relative peace and harmony. This "mosaic" of people eventually assimilated into a new distinct Sicilian culture and language.

Instructor Bio:

Frank D'Alessandro, M.D. is a retired anesthesiologist, educated at New York University, the University of Louisville and the University of Virginia. He was in private practice for 30 years, after several years on the faculty at the UVA Medical Center. As a teenager, he visited Sicily for the first time. He was immediately enthralled by its incredibly rich history, layers of civilizations, and beauty. He has visited the island and its historical sites over a dozen times, while absorbing volumes of the English language historical literature relating to Sicily.

Recommended Reading:

Finley, M.I. Ancient Sicily, 1979. Norwich, John Julius. The Kingdom in the Sun, 1970. Mendola, Louis and Jacqueline Alio. The Peoples of Sicily: A Multicultural Legacy, 2014.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B103 Frank D'Alessandro Nov 26, Dec 3, 10 Mo 10:00-11:30 a.m. Unity of Charlottesville WL

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