Over Thousands of year’s the Island of Sicily has played an important part of cultural, political and even social aspects of the Mediterranean sea, it is a largest of the islands throughout time.
I shall be talking about the Latest exhibition of “Sicily culture and Conquest” from the British Museums
This exhibition was great it had many different rooms with explanations on what was different about each era including that of Empires and culture. It was a true cultural powerhouse of the ancient world and medieval era. If you want to truly find out more here’s a short article and review.
When I went to the opening of the exhibition I talked about what I saw. The ancient Greek’s when they first arrived on the island of Sicily there was immense growth in wealth and culture and over time the integration of many peoples.
Head of Livia was a very important aspect of the exhibition
This was the head Empress Livia the wife of Augustus as Ceres was seen goddess of Agriculture this was heavily worshiped in Sicily.
(image from google images)
“Engravings made between 13000 and 8000BC in the Addaura cave near Palermo.”
This is a very complex natural grotto which was located at the Northeastern side of Mount Pellegrino in Palermo, Sicily. This is a virtual and cultural aspect of what is known as cave wall painting. This is a very iconic image of symbolism.
The falcon was a very important aspect of cultural from when they left France to Sicily in around 1000 A.D. this was used as ornaments carried out into war during the conquest of Sicily.
(Images : Roger II. wird von Christus gekrönt, Mosaik in La Martorana)
Roger II was such an iconic figure in Sicilian history. He was the date born 22nd December 1095 A.D. and he died on 26th February 1154 A.D. he was the king of Sicily and the son of Roger I of Sicily, he began his rule as a Count of Sicily in 1105 A.D. But then King in the year 1130 A.D. until the year of his death at 58 years in 1163 A.D. In his years he succeed and united the normans in conquest of Italy into one kingdom, a strong centralized government. During the period of Roger II’s rule of the kingdom of Sicily, Sicily was a powerful and prosperous land and in this moment in history one of the most wealthiest states in Europe.
(images from google images)
Sicily is an example of cross-cultural transmission of history, culture, and heritage, of the mixed heritage of the Greeks and Romans, then later going to in the Arabic Lands. Bearing in mind that it is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean sea. Sicily is a very important location for resources for many empires and cultural because of the trade and strategical points. A famous quote from Cicero describing the Syracuse as one the greatest and most beautiful cities of Ancient Greece. This was a time during the island being the heart of the Civilisation, at times being the colonial backwater. Often seen of the fortunes of events which depended on the cultural waves of many people.
As on a whole, this exhibition was very worth going to see and watch because you gain a new insight of culture and history, and I greatly connected to it personally with many of the Artifacts and stories throughout history. So for me, it was a very personal connection to my cultural heritage of the Mediterranean sea so I felt I discover a bit about my past and learned. I also learned more about myself as a person and about world history. So on a whole, this exhibition is five/five.
Heres where you can get the tickets :
the dates of the exhibition is 21 April – 14 August 2016 and the price is £.10