Wine Wares in Protohistoric Eastern Sicily

Hodos Tamar

in Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780748613670
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748650996 | DOI:
Wine Wares in Protohistoric Eastern Sicily

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The fact of the acculturation of the native peoples in Sicily within 300 years after the first Greeks settled is hardly a new observation. The preliminary periodisation of native ceramics of the Bronze age and Iron Ages was established more than 100 years ago by Paolo Orsi, who noted that by the end of the fifth century there were no ceramics which could be identified as native. Literature on the other hand tells of native cultural identity continuing and thriving during the fifth century, including the ethnic self-identification of the Sikels. Prior to Hellenisation, there has been a very complicated picture of Greek–native relations. Most of the evidence for indigenous culture during the sixth century actually comes from sites in the interior island, although few settlements can be considered purely native by their ceramics or buildings, and the preponderance of Greek wares in cemeteries may mask the identity of the interred.

Keywords: acculturation; Sicily; periodisation; ceramics; Paolo Orsi; Sikels; Hellenisation; culture; Greek wares

Chapter.  6045 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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