Sicily occupies a central and crucial position in the Mediterranean world; it is an island at the heart of the many cross-currents of trade, people and ideology that flowed unceasingly through the ancient period. This chapter explores its views of the models of change, adaptation, acculturation, and identity that currently dominate many areas of research into antiquity. It provides both a diachronic account of the island's history, and also a series of discussions on the nature of Sicilian identity, to show Sicily at the centre of affairs from the Iron Age through to the beginning of the Roman empire, a centrality achieved in part by being on the edge, on the outside world of what were canonically the most important and most privileged arenas of antiquity.
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