Giovanna Ceserani

in Italy's Lost Greece

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744275
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932139 | DOI:

Series: Greeks Overseas


Show Summary Details


This introductory chapter delineates the longstanding marginality of Magna Graecia within classical studies in contrast to its important role in the histories of antiquarianism and classical archaeology, as well as the relationship between the study of Magna Graecia and the emergence of the Southern Question. The approach taken in this book is discussed in the context of recent works on history of archaeology and on the imagining of the South. A brief survey of the debate over the name of Magna Graecia introduces the intricate history of this region's study, including the differentiation of Sicily and Magna Graecia; prominent contrasts between Italian and non-Italian scholarly approache. A consideration of recent exhibitions dedicated to Greek South Italy, both in Italy and in the United States, introduces the current status of these issues, and offers a point of departure for returning to the rich history of the study of Magna Graecia.

Keywords: history of archaeology; history of antiquarianism; Southern Question; marginality; name of magna Graecia; Exhibits on Magna Graecia

Chapter.  7854 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.