Italy without Sicily leaves no impression on the soul, for Sicily is the key to everything
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Italienische Reise, 1816-17
Strategically set in the middle of the Mediterranean, Sicily was the ultimate crossroads of civilizations. Frontier of free thinking and speech, vital and experimental artistic scene for the Greeks, granary of the Empire and invaluable arena for Roman visual propaganda, Sicily and its archaeological heritage are the perfect synthesis of the Classical cultures. In this lecture, Sicilian masterpieces of Greek and Roman art, which for centuries charmed travelers, historians, poets and philosophers, will be presented to narrate twelve centuries of cultural achievements of Greeks and Romans in the island.
Davide Tanasi (PhD) is an Italian archaeologist born and raised in Sicily, specializing in Mediterranean Prehistory and Greek and Roman Archaeology of Sicily and Malta. He has directed archaeological fieldwork in Sicily since 1999 and was the director of two American field schools in archaeology: the Roman catacombs of St Lucy (Siracusa) in 2013-2015 and the Roman Villa of Durrueli (Agrigento) in 2017. Since 2016, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of History of University of South Florida, where he founded and directs the Center for Food and Wine History and the Institute for Digital Explorations (IDEx). His research interests include: cultural interrelation between the Aegean and Sicily, Archaeology of Food, Archaeometry of Ancient Ceramics and Application of Digital Methods to Archaeological Research. In those fields, he has authored and edited ten books and over a hundred scientific publications with his discoveries on ancient wine and olive oil being highlighted last year by National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Scientific American and The Guardian.
Join us for a small reception at 1:30p, lecture begins at 2p in the Dickey Family Lecture Hall.
Questions? Email the Education Department or call us at 813.421.6631.
Sponsored by the Passantino Family Foundation in Memory of C. Robert and Myrtle Ilsley Passantino
Image: Venus Landolina, 3D model courtesy of USF IDEx