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ARTH 41 — The Art and Archaeology of Sicily

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 5—Jun 7
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 18
Units: 2
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 5—Jun 7
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 18
2 Units
Patrick Hunt
Sicily is the largest and loveliest island in the Mediterranean as well as the most culturally rich. It sits at the crossroads of many cultures that colonized it throughout the millennia, from the Phoenicians onward.

Sicily’s inimitable art and architecture, not surprisingly, include the best surviving Roman mosaics, the most complete Greek temples, the most detailed Byzantine mosaic narratives, the most decorated medieval basilicas, and the most ornate and fantastic Baroque architecture. It is also no wonder that Greek poets earlier saw Sicily as the beautiful fertile Isle of Persephone, and Homer even included it in his Odyssey as a mythic island. Remarkable Caravaggio and Antonello da Messina paintings also call Sicily home, along with great medieval paintings like that of the Anonymous Master of Death. Sicily’s riches are relatively unknown, and greater familiarity with its cultural and archaeological treasures is overdue. Some of the world’s finest archaeological museums are found in Palermo, Siracusa, and Agrigento. This course treats Sicily chronologically over four millennia through the cultures that have left indelible reminders of their past along its beautiful coastlines, fertile valleys, and famous mountains, most notably, of course, Mount Etna.

Patrick Hunt, Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project

Patrick Hunt has taught at Stanford since 1993. He is the author of seventeen books, including Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History and When Empires Clash. He is a research associate in archeoethnobotany at the Institute for EthnoMedicine, and his archaeology research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Society. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) John Julius Norwich, Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History (ISBN 978-0812995176 )