Sicily 2019

photo of theatre of Segesta in Italy

Courtesy of Jitse Dijkstra

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About the Tour

The island of Sicily has been a crossroads of culture throughout history. Although now part of Italy, from its distinct language to its Arab-influenced cuisine to its North African architecture, Sicily is very unique. Because of its ancient agricultural wealth and central location in the Mediterranean, Sicily was visited, colonized and conquered by the Greeks, the Carthaginians, and finally the Romans. The field trip will center upon interactions between these peoples and their cultures, all of whom served to give Sicily unparalleled physical remains as well as one of the most unique histories in the entire ancient world.

Tour Leaders

Prof. William Russell
History and Classics
John Abbott College
Prof. John Serrati
History and Classics
John Abbott College
Prof. Heather Loube
Dept of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Ottawa
Prof. Jitse Dijkstra
Dept of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Ottawa

Extract of Itinerary

- Palermo (Punic Panormos)

  • The capital of Arab, Norman, and modern Sicily

- Catania

  • Economic and intellectual centre of modern eastern Sicily

- Solunto

  • An eighth century BC Carthaginian city

- Piazza Armerina

  • Fourth century BC Roman villa; one of the best preserved in the entire world

- Morgantina

  • A third century BC Syracusan colony

 

The photos below show the group at Selinunte, Segesta, Taormina, Halaisa and Syracuse.

Student climbing on gigantic blocks from temple G, Selinunte

Photo credit : Jitse Dijkstra

Students climbing on blocks from temple G, Selinunte

Group shot at a watchtower in the city gate of Segesta

Photo credit : Jitse Dijkstra

Group shot at a watchtower in the city gate of Segesta

Theatre of Taormina, with mount Etna in the background

Photo credit : Jitse Dijkstra

Theatre of Taormina, with mount Etna in the background

Students climbing the acropolis at Halaisa

Photo credit : Jitse Dijkstra

Students climbing the acropolis a Halaisa

Dinner at Pescomare, Syracuse

Photo credit : Jitse Dijkstra

Dinner at Pescomare, Syracuse

 

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