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Culture and Conquest at the British Museum

21 APRIL – 14 AUGUST 2016

Win tickets to the British Museum’s special exhibition, Sicily: culture and conquest followed by a three course Sicilian meal!

Several of The Thinking Traveller's staff attended the preview of the British Museum's latest special exhibition, Sicily: culture and conquest and came away with renewed enthusiasm for the island they love and know so well. 

The exhibition focuses on two of Sicily's golden eras - the first between the 8th and 3rd centuries BC, when the island's Greek colonies grew to become the most powerful and wealthy of any in Magna Graecia, the second in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, when the Normans arrived to establish a multi-cultural hub, a melting pot of artistic and architectonic styles. Over 200 objects illustrate these two periods, offering fascinating insights into Sicily's rich heritage, its inestimable treasures and its strategic importance at the centre of the Mediterranean basin.

Sicily was admired and envied for its wealth and resources, its sublime architecture, its political and military influence and its artistic wonders.

Both the Greeks and the Normans came to Sicily for similar reasons: the island's fertile land and natural riches were irresistible, its pivotal position offered unique military and commercial possibilities. Under both civilisations, Sicily was admired and envied for its wealth and resources, its sublime architecture, its political and military influence and its artistic wonders. All this attracted the unwanted attentions of Mediterranean rivals, keen to usurp the island's rulers and seize Sicily for themselves. The Greeks succumbed to the Romans, the Normans to the Angevin French.

Thankfully, much has survived from both periods, and some excellent examples are on show in the British Museum's exhibition. To really experience Sicily's unparalleled attractions, however, you've got to go there. Again and again.  

Images kindly provided by Regione Siciliana, The British Museum and H. Behrens, DAI Rome (15) unless otherwise noted. 

Exhibition sponsored by Julius Baer in collaboration with Regione Siciliana.

Win tickets to the  British Museum’s special exhibition, Sicily:  culture and conquest plus a three course Sicilian meal!

The Thinking Traveller is giving away two tickets to the British Museum's new special exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest, plus a three course Sicilian meal for two under the Museum’s magnificent glass roof in the Great Court Restaurant.

To enter simply email your full name and the answer to the question below to competition@thethinkingtraveller.com:   

Which Greek scientist and mathematician, famous for his bath-time exclamation "Eureka!", was born and lived in Syracuse, Sicily?

Terms and conditions

First prize is for two tickets to Sicily: culture and conquest at the British Museum and a three course Sicilian meal for two in the Great Court Restaurant.

Second prize is for two tickets to Sicily: culture and conquest at the British Museum. 

1. Tickets are valid subject to availability, please note that there is restricted capacity within the exhibition space and your first choice of time may not be available. It is therefore recommended that you book in advance to avoid delays or disappointment.

2. Entries must be received by 29th April 2016.

3. Winners will be selected at random from correct entries on 2nd May 2016. 

4. Tickets must be redeemed by 3rd August 2016.

5. Tickets are non-transferable and no cash alternative is available.

6. Winners will be notified by email. 

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