Bella Sardinia: A Natural, Ancient and Cultural History

Sardegna (Sardinia) is an island of breath-taking beauty and extraordinary natural and cultural significance. Its giant Neolithic menhirs and stone temples eventually gave way to the massive nuraghe (circular fortresses), mysterious sacred wells, and tumulus tombs of the Bronze Age. Phoenician, Greek and Roman influences followed over centuries. Includes invaluable tips for the traveller on the island’s culture, cuisine and sights.


This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Dillon, P., 2012, Walking in Sardinia: 50 Walks in Sardinia’s Mountains, Cicerone Press – excellent book with lots of maps and photos of the routes taken.
  • Dyson, L. and Rowland, Jr., R.J., 2007, Shepherds, Sailors, and Conquerors: Archaeology and History in Sardinia from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, UPenn Museum of Archaeology – covers lots of territory and is available through Fishpond.com, Amazon and Booktopia
  • Lawrence, D.H., 1923, Sea and Sardinia, Cambridge – this classic has been reprinted many times and I recently bought a copy second hand for a few dollars. It is also available as an audio book and on Kindle. It is a charming and fascinating look into the island’s life and people which still has relevance today.
  • Webster, G.S., 1996, A Prehistory of Sardinia 2300-500BC, Sheffield


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to the geography and natural history of Sardinia. Sardinia in the Neolithic Era.
  • Nuraghic Sardinia – a look at the stunning Bronze Age culture of the island – temples, forts, sacred wells and habitation sites
  • Phoenicians and Romans
  • Significant Paleo Roman and Medieval Churches, ancient traditions and festivals which survive into the modern era.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a good basic knowledge of Sardinian geography and natural history and the locations of some of the island’s most beautiful natural sites.
  2. Understand the chronology of the island’s history from the Neolithic up to Roman times with a brief overview of more modern periods.
  3. Plan a trip to Sardinia with a view to seeing its most significant monuments and ancient sites from the Neolithic to the Roman periods
  4. Know where the most significant collections of ancient Sardegnan artefacts can be found throughout the island.
  5. Get a basic idea of the specialities of Sardinian cuisine and some of the important local festivals.
$145 Limited / $131

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