XI. THE NORMANS AT PALERMO.
1. Storia della Sicilia sotto Guglielmo il Buono. Scritta da ISIDORO DA LUMIA. Firenze. 1867.
2. Storia dei Musulmani in Sicilia. Scritta da MICHELLE AMARI . Volume terzo, Firenze. 1868- 1872.
3. Die mittelalterliche Kunst in Palermo. Von ANTON SPRINGER . Bonn. 1869.
4. Historische Topographie von Panormus. Von Dr. JULIUS SCHUBRING . Lübeck. 1870.

THE island kingdom of Sicily has so long formed part of Western Europe, it has passed so often from one of the powers of Western Europe to another, its language is now so completely the same as of the adjoining peninsula of Italy, that it is hard to look on it in its true light as one of the chief scenes of the never-ending strife between East and West, between Europe and Asia. It needs an effort to look at the capital of Sicily as being, before all things, a prize, and one of the noblest of prizes, that ever was won back from Islam for Christendom. Yet the great historical position of Palermo is one which it shares with Toledo and Cordova, with Buda and Belgrade, with Athens and Tirnovo--one, one day we shall have to add, with Thessalonica and with New Rome. But the special history of the great Mediterranean island gives to its capital a position different from all those cities, a position which is shared with it by none of the great cities of Europe save Cadiz only. The long tale of the revolutions of Palermo does not answer in every

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface. v
  • Contents xi
  • I. First Impressions of Rome. 1
  • Ii. the Illyrian Emperors and Their Land. 22
  • Diocletian's Place in Architectural History. 62
  • Iii. Augusta Treverorum. 68
  • The Panegyrists of the Fourth Century 118
  • Iv. the Goths at Ravenna. 121
  • V. Race and Language. 173
  • The Jews in Europe. 227
  • Vi. the Byzantine Empire. 231
  • Vii. First Impressions of Athens. 278
  • Viii. Mediæval and Modern Greece. 303
  • Ix. the Southern Slaves. 379
  • X. Sicilian Cycles. 428
  • Xi. the Normans at Palermo. 437
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