Sicily in Shadow and in Sun: The Earthquake and the American Relief Work

Sicily in Shadow and in Sun: The Earthquake and the American Relief Work

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Sicily in Shadow and in Sun: The Earthquake and the American Relief Work

Sicily in Shadow and in Sun: The Earthquake and the American Relief Work

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Sicily, the "Four Corners" of that little ancient world that was bounded on the west by the Pillars of Hercules, is to southern Europe what Britain is to northern Europe, Chief of Isles, universal Cross-roads. Sicily lies nearer both to Africa and to Europe than any other Mediterranean island, and is the true connecting link between East and West. Battle-ground of contending races and creeds, it has been soaked over and over again in the blood of the strong men who fought each other for its possession. There has never been a Sicilian nation. Perhaps that is the reason the story of the island is so hard to follow, it's all snarled up with the history of first one, then another nation. The most obvious way of learning something about Sicily is to read what historians have to say about it; a pleasanter way is to listen to what the poets from Homer to Goethe have sung of it, paying special heed to Theocritus -- he knew Sicily better than anybody else before his time or since! Then there's the geologist's . . .

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