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Sicily: Crossroads of Civilization – Art, Architecture, Culture and History from the Greeks to The Godfather

From the mysterious Elymians to the Phoenicians, from the Carthaginians to the Greeks, the Romans to the Byzantines, and from the Arabs to the Normans, the history of the Mediterranean is contained in microcosm in Sicily.  In this class, we will visit all the temples, villas, and gloriously decorated churches and mosques these conquering waves of immigrants left us.  Mt. Etna’s destructive power resulted in perfectly preserved Baroque cities.  We’ll even visit the sites used in the filming of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather.  Along the way, we will discover how such ethnic diversity created a paradise on earth and some of the most glorious art in Western Europe.

This class is being presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University in partnership with The Village at Rockville.  Classes are $120 for Village Residents/ Osher Members and $135 for Non Residents/Community Members.  To register, email osher@jhu.edu or call 301-294-7047.

This class will be taught by Laura Donnelly, MA, who earned her master’s in Medieval and Early Modern European History from the George Washington University where she concentrated on 15th and 16th century British history.