Language and Linguistic Contact in Ancient Sicily.
Cambridge University Press, 2012. XXII,(3),422p. Orignal blue silver titled hardback. Upper edge from pp.287-327 bit false cut. Else fine. Series: Cambridge Classical Studies. ‘This work contains twelve chapters by various scholars on aspects of language and linguistic change in ancient Sicily. It is thoughtfully planned and executed so that it covers most issues that one would want to see addressed here, and the unusual ethnic and linguistic diversity of ancient Sicily makes this an impressive feat. The contributions are generally not intended for specialists, but designed to provide a good and fairly rigorous grounding in the subjects for a broad range of classicists. Most of this volume’s work, therefore, is descriptive, providing good introductions to the languages and linguistic controversies of the island, yet contributors provide original insights as well. The work is presented in three parts: non-classical languages, Greek, and Latin. There is also a lengthy introduction by editor Olga Tribulato that contextualises the ensuing contributions within the history of scholarship on Sicily. Tribulato sets the tone for the rest of the work by eschewing categorical divisions between the peoples and times of the island. Instead she recommends an emphasis on cultural hybridity and the gradual changes of various sorts of cross cultural contact, rather than on models that expect sudden domination of one culture over another.' (RYAN C. PLATTE in Mediterranean Review, 2014, p.115).