Culture and Excavation

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

Culture and Excavation

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This chapter traces the study and imagining of Magna Graecia in the twentieth century, from its involvement in Italian Fascism to global developments in its post-war understanding, concluding with snapshots from the early twenty-first century. Magna Graecia under Fascism is examined by contrasting the lives and work of Emanuele Ciaceri, Fascist historian of Greek South Italy, and Umberto Zanotti Bianco, anti-Fascist, activist within the Southern Question's debates and for protection of Italian cultural and archaeological heritage, and discover (with Paola Zancani Montuoro) of the major archaic sanctuary of the Sele. Later developments, such as post-colonial studies’ relation to Magna Graecia, are briefly sketched, culminating with a consideration of the region's place in a less Hellenocentric, twenty-first century Humanist world.

Keywords: Fascism; Emanuele Ciaceri; Umberto Zanotti Bianco; Southern Question; twentieth century; twenty-first century; cultural and archaeological heritage; post-colonial studies; Paola Zancani Montuoro

Chapter.  11365 words.  Illustrated.

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

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