Farewell to Professor Gioacchino La Torre, The World of Messina Culture in Sorrow

Rector, Prof. Salvatore Cuzzocrea, expresses condolences from the entire Academy community for death of Vice-Rector of Didactics and Ordinary Classical Archeology, Prof. Gioacchino Francesco La Torre. “It is a serious loss for our university – declared the rector – not only because I am losing one of my most valuable collaborators, but because there is a lack of an attentive, rigorous, extraordinarily good researcher who leaves an indelible trace of his many years of work. in Italy and in the world.A death that leaves not only the family, his closest collaborators, but also all of us who appreciated his human and professional competencies every day.His academic career, his research, his excavations, his perseverance must be “An example for all young archeological researchers. His death leaves a big void, I felt and felt the great devotion and esteem he deserved throughout the academic community.”

Gioacchino Francesco La Torre was one of the greatest Italian archaeologists

Educated and specialized in Rome La Sapienza, he specialized at the Italian School of Archeology in Athens. From 1989 to 2001 in the roles of Ministry of Culture as an archaeologist officer, he worked first in Abruzzo (1988) and then for long years in Calabria (1989-2001). At our university since 2001 as an associate professor, and since 2014 as a full professor of classical archeology, he has held various and important teaching positions, and since 2018 served as vice-rector for teaching.

He has published hundreds of articles

But also contributions in volumes and conference articles, numerous monographs in the most prestigious scientific centers. He has attended dozens of national and international scientific conferences in Italy and Europe; he received various awards and accolades and was an honorary citizen of Tortora (CS) and Amantea (CS), communities that saw him as the protagonist in the discovery of the ancient centers of Blanda and Temesa. Since 2014, he has been the director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Skotoussa, Thessaly (Greece), and in recent years has dedicated several scientific essays to the problems associated with the historical and archaeological development of Thessaly and the Skotoussa site.

Experience and collaboration with the School of Athens

The tower has been involved for years in the excavation of Gortina’s Praetorium, to which important writings are dedicated. He has carried out a relentless and intense research activity dealing with important contexts in the Mediterranean (Abruzzo, Campania, Calabria, Sicily, Greece), and has worked in Pompeii, among others. In Sicily he has dealt with indigenous peoples, with problems related to Hellenistic and late Hellenistic Sicily and the Romanization of the island, and he has worked and published, among other things, the connections with Phinziade di Licata and Sophiana di Mazzarino in Sicily and again Patti Marina, Tripi. During the Calabrian years, he dug along the Calabrian Tyrrhenian coast, contributing in a fundamental way to research and improvement of the area and came to identify important centers, including Blanda and Temesa, and became a deep connoisseur of the indigenous peoples of Enotri.

The research, the monographs, the rare intelligence

Over the years, he has developed several lines of research dealing with the dynamics of cultural interaction between Greeks and indigenous peoples in Magna Graecia and Sicily, from proto-history to the Hellenistic era; of Romanization, especially in Abruzzo, Calabria and Sicily; extensive territorial research in Calabria, Sicily, in Greece, of the archeology of the saint.

Among the many monographs, we remember the manual published for Laterza Sicilia and Magna Grecia. Archeology of the Greek colonization of the West and recently bound dedicated to the events of 480 BC. entitled The Great Battles. Salamis and Imera in the Roots of Europe, Soveria Mannelli (CZ) 2020.

Researcher of rare intelligence and acumen, of a truly unique human and professional greatness, he dedicated his teaching to research and teaching with uncommon commitment, training hundreds of young scholars who today are grateful to him and guard over the precious gifts of his teaching.

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