- 1st ed.
- New York : W.W. Norton & Co. ©2005
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-334) and index.
- Where the Romans met the Greeks : the Italian south in antiquity -- From the terror of the world to the wonder of the world : the kings who created the Italian south -- Sicily splits and Naples rises : the south in the late Middle Ages -- Subject to a distant king : the south in the Spanish Empire -- The Indies over here : church and religion in the early modern south -- Paradise inhabited by devils : culture and society in baroque Naples -- Reason truly is always beautiful : the southern enlightenment -- The grand tour heads south : art, ruins, music, and folklore -- Feast, flour, and gallows : revolution, restoration, and the end of a kingdom -- The south as part of the Italian nation.
- "Native Neopolitan and distinguished scholar Tommaso Astarita gives us a history both erudite and full of personality - from the freethinking, cosmopolitan King Frederick who conferred with Jewish and Muslim philosophers (and dared to meet with the sultan) to the fisherman Masaniello who inspired artists and revolutionaries across Europe. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, Naples was on a par with Paris, one of the largest and most cultured cities in Europe."--Jacket.