The archaeological Guide of ancient Calabria by Fabrizio Mollo

Places, events, art, peoples, itineraries

Calabria has a particular need to be spoken: “the Calabrian wants to be spoken. We must talk to him as a man who has feelings, duties, needs, affections: in short, as a man “. Thus wrote Corrado Alvaro, the writer who came from the Aspromonte. A solicitation that Fabrizio Mollo, professor of Ancient Topography and Archeology of the Roman Provinces at the University of Messina, was able to take into consideration to address his word “as an expert in the sector” to all the Calabrians, pursuing the objective of a conscious reappropriation of the past. Delivering to the press a volume of over six hundred pages that tells the story of ancient Calabria – from the first appearance of man in the territory of Catanzaro (dating back to about 700,000 years ago) up to the High Middle Ages – has the useful purpose of offering to his fellow countrymen the opportunity to know the treasures that come from a fascinating past. Because knowing is the first step to be taken to build a healthy and strong sense of belonging to a community. The work, entitled “Archaeological Guide of Ancient Calabria” (Rubbettino editions), with an extraordinary work of synthesis and with a simple and fluent language, succeeds in making itself understood by the non-archaeologist reader. In a first part of the book the main historical events are treated in chronological order; the second part, instead, is dedicated to the thirteen itineraries appropriately selected so as to propose a uniform picture of the whole of Calabria. The one proposed to the reader is, therefore, an engaging journey through time told through the semantic pregnancy of the artifacts: settlements, architectural structures, objects of art and crafts, objects of common use discovered during the centuries of archaeological research. To help understanding images, floor plans and graphs.
The Guide – as the result of the research work carried out over a period of ten months and above all the result of a course of study that for years engages Mollo, already author of over one hundred scientific publications – proves to be a precious guide for tourists and the travelers who, in their movements between parks and archaeological museums, can take it with them and obtain indications and news. And yet, the work is a valuable tool of knowledge for all educated readers, for archeology enthusiasts, for students, for university students who will find information treated with a rigorous methodological approach and a rich and updated bibliography. Of particular interest are also the parts dedicated to the contact between the indigenous peoples and the Greeks, from the moment of their arrival on the Ionian coasts and the area of ​​the Strait of Messina, between the second half of the VIII and the beginning of the VII century BC, until to the Roman conquest.