Ancient Sicily That Sings

This lekythos with a woman lute player depicted on it was found in a tomb at Selinunte. Lekythoi (plural) were vases used to store oils for use in the gymnasium or bath or for funerary functions. Note the red-figure. This was an Athenian-style technique specific to the 5th century BCE.

Selinunte Brought To Life

Before leaving for the US today, yesterday I found a few minutes to see the artifacts from Selinunte, Europe’s largest archeological park in southwestern Sicily, at the ever-under-renovation Salinas Archeological Museum in Palermo. I was thrilled to see the metopes from the temples, like this one pictured from Temple C. Dated to be from c….

The Mask of Solunto 

This image is of a 1st century B.C. wall painting of theatrical mask with garland and fruit from the House of the Masks in Solunto, an ancient city on top of Mount Catalfano in Santa Flavia. The precious fresco is now housed at the Regional Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas in Palermo.  Fun fact: my grandfather…

Life is a Banquet

I’m getting ready to go to Sicily today … and this is what I’m thinking about: Banqueting! Stirring Sicily, our hands-on cooking experience starts in 12 hours! This late 6th century BC statuette of a banqueting figure on a bed is housed in Palermo’s Museo Archeologico Salinas. It was found in a Punic (AKA Carthaginian)…