Fondazione Napoli Novantanove

Special Projects

Journey through the civilization of Magna Grecia




Journey through the Civilisation of Magna Grecia is an educational Initiative promoted by the Fondazione Napoli Novantanove in collaboration with Palazzo Grassi, involving the students of Schools Adopt Monuments.

Begun in December 1995, the initiative took its inspiration from the large archaeological exhibition The Greeks in the West , organised by Palazzo Grassi and the Ministry for the Cultural and Environmental Heritage.

The idea of giving a title related to the theme of Magna Grecia to the work derived from an educational consideration. It seemed natural and particularly stimulating to encourage reflection on the development of the roots of western civilisation gby young people such as those involved in Schools Adopt Monuments, who had for years been carrying out research on the cultural heritage and on the form of the city, of which the cultural heritage is the strongest symbol and its clearest manifestation.

In the context of the study and research on the subject and the twinning of schools, a competition called Founding of New Cities was announced..

The initiative concluded in November 1996 with an awards ceremony and the inauguration of an exhibition of the work entered for the competition - scrap-books, videos, hypertexts, games, masks, holograms, pottery, etc. - in the presence of the Minister for the Cultural and Environmental Heritage Walter Veltroni and the Mayor of Naples Antonio Bassolino.

The exhibition, set up under the direction of the Educational Department of the Archaeological Office of Naples and Caserta at the National Archaeological Museum, consisted of a selection of the materials produced by the schools of fourteen towns in in The National Network Schools Adopt Monuments. These materials were testimony to the great creative energy of the schools as well as the means by which to work with enthusiasm on a theme rich in cultural implications, memories and project stimuli. They also confirmed once again how a stimulating project, even within the diversity of cities and social and environmental differences, can unite Italian school populations.