Fanum Iunonis Melitense. L’area centrale del santuario di Tas-Silġ a Malta in età tardo-repubblicana

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Fanum Iunonis Melitense. The central area of the Tas-Silġ sanctuary in Malta in the late Republican age

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The activities of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Malta, begun in 1963, brought to light in Tas-Silġ the remains of a place of worship that was immediately identified with the fanum Iunonis of which Cicero speaks. Of the sanctuary, frequented from the prehistoric age up to the transformation into a Christian church, few monumental evidences are preserved, most of which refer to the restructuring works carried out in the late Republican age, when the spaces are reorganized and the central area - gravitating around at the temple - it is monumentalized with the construction of a peristyle court that employs the Doric order on three sides and the Corinthian-Sicilian capitals on the arm in front of the entrance to the temple. The new architectural language constitutes a breaking point with the previous tradition, even if the most sacred elements, first of all the ancient Neolithic temple, are preserved and incorporated into the structures now built, according to an "archeology of nostalgia" that privileges the distinctive features of local religious identity. This is a contemporary intervention in the restructuring of some urban centers of the Sicily province (of which Malta is part), and probably realized thanks to the initiative of characters who carried out their business between the Maltese archipelago and Sicily. In the same years the famous domus of Rabat was also built, whose architectural materials have close affinities with those of the sanctuary. It thus emerges how the documented situation at Tas-Silġ fits into a broader context, in which Malta is fully integrated into a trafficking, trade and political relations that led the archipelago to become a sought-after destination also by members of the elite , as attested by Cicero himself, who would have liked to have served his exile here.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Fanum Iunonis Melitense. The central area of the Tas-Silġ sanctuary in Malta in the late Republican age
Original languageItalian
PublisherEdipuglia
Number of pages237
Volume2
ISBN (Print)978-88-7228-826-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMalta. Scavi e ricerche della Missione Archeologica Italiana. Excavations and research of the Italian Archaeological Mission

Keywords

  • Archaeology of cult places
  • Archeologia dei luoghi di culto
  • Architettura tardo-repubblicana
  • Late-Republican Architecture
  • Malta archeologia
  • Maltese Archaeology
  • Provincia Sicilia
  • Sicilian Province

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