Of Nations and Scholars

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

Of Nations and Scholars

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This chapter reconstructs the history of the study of Magna Graecia during the periods of heightened nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. An analysis of the establishment of national schools of archaeology in Greece and Italy reveals the crystallization of national scholarly traditions, with which Magna Graecia had an ambiguous relationship. Magna Graecia's comparative exoticism the flipside of its scholarly allure as an unexplored territory is evinced from the work of François Lenormant. The effects of Italian unification on Magna Graecia's studies are examined in the work and lives of the historian Ettore Pais, who first included the region within an Italian national historiography, and the archaeologist Paolo Orsi, who tirelessly championed the newly established national archaeological service in the South at a time when the Southern Question was emerging.

Keywords: Francois Lenormant; Paolo Orsi; Ettore Pais; Italian unification; national archaeological service; nineteenth century; twentieth century; national historiography; Southern Question

Chapter.  26926 words.  Illustrated.

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

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