Mi po’ mustrari na carta unna mi trovu? Well, fortunately on the March 2010 American Academy trip to Sicily no one ever had to try that dialect phrase (“can you show me on the map where I am?”). And that despite the rigors of an ambitious ten-day trek to some of the most stimulating cities, towns and sites of both the western and eastern portions of the island. The weather was brilliant, the wildflowers were in full bloom, and the food rarely disappointed.
What gave massive added value was the fact that the AAR teamed up with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for the expedition. American School Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classical Studies Margaret M. Miles (FAAR’88, RAAR’00)—whose primary areas of expertise include ancient Sicily and South Italy—led the trip with AAR Mellon Professor Corey Brennan (FAAR’88). The combined Rome and Athens group numbered twenty-two in all, including Olga Palagia, Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Athens; AAR Resident Ann Vasaly (FAAR’83 and former Acting Mellon Professor), Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University, with her husband Richard A. Young; and six current Fellows of the AAR. In the great ASCSA tradition, all members of the group offered at least one on-site report. (more…)