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Italy's Lost Greece: Magna Graecia and the Making of Modern Archaeology

Giovanna Ceserani


This book tells the story of the modern engagement with the area of South Italy where ancient Greeks established settlements starting in the 8th century BCE–a region known since antiquity as Magna Graecia. This ‘Great Greece’, at once Greek and Italian, and continuously perceived as a region in decline since its archaic golden age, has long been relegated to the margins of classical studies. The present analysis recovers its significance within the history of classical archaeology. It was in South Italy that the Renaissance first encountered an ancient Greek landscape, and in the ‘Hellenic tur ... More

Keywords: Renaissance, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, twentieth century, history of classical archaeology, antiquarianism, Hellenism, Magna Graecia, South Italy, nation-making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199744275
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giovanna Ceserani, author
Stanford University