Thisrespectable surveygave me a good overview of the settlement of Sicily and of the complex interplay between Phoenician, Greek and Roman cultures that that set the pattern for this most-conquered of islands' polymorphouslyperverse history. Finley was one of the giants of 20th-century classics and the author of the superb and widely-read The World of Odysseus , and, while I read Ancient Sicily because I've been more than a little Sicily-obseessed sincevacationingthere with my wife last summer and I wanted some context for our temple-tourism, I guess I was hoping a little bit to be as wowed as I was by that other book. This title, though, was rather more pedestrian in style and substance, which is not entirely Mo Finley's fault. The ancient Sicilian historical record, particularly and most surprisingly duringthe Roman occupation, is spotty at best and a great deal of the story must be extrapolated from archaeological evidence.