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The British Discovery of Sicily: Western Greeks and Liberty

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Journal
Man and Nature
0824-3298
Publisher
Consortium Erudit
Publication Date
Volume
8
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DOI: 10.7202/1012603ar

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"The British Discovery of Sicily: Western Greeks and Liberty" Érudit est un consortium interuniversitaire sans but lucratif composé de l'Université de Montréal, l'Université Laval et l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Il a pour mission la promotion et la valorisation de la recherche. Érudit offre des services d'édition numérique de documents scientifiques depuis 1998. Pour communiquer avec les responsables d'Érudit : [email protected] Article Garry Retzleff Man and Nature / L'homme et la nature, vol. 8, 1989, p. 119-128. Pour citer cet article, utiliser l'information suivante : URI: http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/1012603ar DOI: 10.7202/1012603ar Note : les règles d'écriture des références bibliographiques peuvent varier selon les différents domaines du savoir. Ce document est protégé par la loi sur le droit d'auteur. L'utilisation des services d'Érudit (y compris la reproduction) est assujettie à sa politique d'utilisation que vous pouvez consulter à l'URI http://www.erudit.org/apropos/utilisation.html Document téléchargé le 15 February 2014 06:49 "The British Discovery of Sicily: Western Greeks and Liberty" 13. The British Discovery of Sicily: Western Greeks and Liberty Before the 1770's Sicily was virtually terra incognita to the ordinary Brit- ish traveller. A travel book of 1701, by a certain Eli Veryard, had devot- ed a few pages to Sicily;1 and in 1738 John Breval had published some observations on Sicilian antiquities, noting that 'Sicily is a Ground that very few Englishmen have trod before me as Observers/2 But as late as 1770 Patrick Brydone commented that Sicily 'has never been con- sidered as any part of the grand tour'3 and described his own expedi- tion as an attempt to escape from the old beaten track and to discover some of the interesting objects 'that must still lie buried in oblivion, in that celebrated island' (1:1). Brydon perhaps overstated the singularity of his expedition. The trip to Sicily had been made by a few

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