A Sicilian story: 4,000 years of cosmopolitanism on show at the British Museum

Sicily has been tarnished by its association with the Cosa Nostra – something this British Museum exhibition on the island’s rich history seeks to overturn. From the 8th century BC, Sicily was invaded and settled by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and others, leading to its unique cultural richness over 4,000 years. About 200 objects are […]

Sicily has been tarnished by its association with the Cosa Nostra – something this British Museum exhibition on the island’s rich history seeks to overturn. From the 8th century BC, Sicily was invaded and settled by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and others, leading to its unique cultural richness over 4,000 years.

About 200 objects are on display in London which illustrate the island’s cosmopolitanism, including coins, gold jewellery, Norman mosaics and Greek sculpture.

Particularly striking among the exhibits are a terracotta altar from 500BC and a Roman battering ram that was once fixed to a warship. It was retrieved from the waters around the island.

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• Sicily: Culture and Conquest runs at the British Museum until August 14. For more information visit www.britishmuseum.org

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