Archaeology of Southeastern Sicily


The Archaeological Museum in Syracuse occupies the grounds of Villa Landolina.  It is named after Paolo Orsi, a famous archaeologist who worked in this region.  The museum was opened in 1988 and contains 18,000 works with more planned to be displayed on the top floor.  As we made our way around we saw placards indicating works that have been loaned to other museums including the Capitoline Museum in Rome and the Getty Museum in Malibu.  Since it was hard to identify many of the works this post will explain the different sections and captions will indicate which section the work was found in:

Section A: geological and prehistoric displays including slab doors from a tomb with phallic designs, translucent red clay pottery, reconstructed tombs

Section B: Greek colonization of Sicily beginning 8th century BCE including a Venus, headless kouros (male nude figure), goddess suckling twins, vases, models of temples of Athena and Apollo and the Ionic temple near the duomo.

Section C: Sub-colonies of Syracuse and Hellenized communities.  Some highlights are terra-cotta horses, bronze statuette of athlete, vases, and votive busts.

Section D: Some Roman era figures and busts beginning of the final section of the museum

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