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Is Sardinia in Europe or Africa?

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Is Sardinia in Europe or Africa?

Post Neon Knight on Tue 23 Jan - 8:48

Sardinia belongs to Italy but, geographically speaking, is it in Europe, Africa or neither?


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Post de Burgh on Tue 23 Jan - 14:57

European (Europe) periphery/territory.

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Re: Is Sardinia in Europe or Africa?

Post Neon Knight on Thu 25 Jan - 9:24

Let's take Corsica out of the picture:




Or move it to the southern end of Sardinia:



Still think Sardinia is European?

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Re: Is Sardinia in Europe or Africa?

Post Sary on Sat 27 Jan - 16:49

Lol..... NK you can not simply move or sink an island at will,Corsica is Corsica.

How about if Europe had to pick just one of the islands to call their their own. Would you pick Corsica,Sardinia or Sicily?

I think I would say Sicily. Even though Sicily is more south than the other two islands ,it is closest to its mother ,Italy. The other two are very isolated from the mainland. Historically Islands of exile and barbarians.

I was reading about what Cicero said about Sardinia:

"Africa ipsa parens illa Sardiniae". ...."Africa itself is the parent of Sardinia"

They have a bizarre flag too,hard to know what it means.
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Re: Is Sardinia in Europe or Africa?

Post Neon Knight on Sat 27 Jan - 17:14

@Sary wrote:Lol..... NK you can not simply move or sink an island at will,Corsica is Corsica.

How about if Europe had to pick just one of the islands to call their their own.  Would you pick Corsica,Sardinia or Sicily?

I think I would say Sicily.  Even though Sicily is more south than the other two islands ,it is closest to its mother ,Italy.  The other two  are very isolated from the mainland . . .
You're actually thinking about it in the same way as I have been. Sardinia is pretty much equally distant from the European and North African mainlands and my point is that the presence of Corsica (which is European) creates the illusion that Sardinia belongs to Europe because they look to be in a pair together.

Another way to break the illusion is to draw a sea border between the two mainlands:



I rest my case!

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Post Sary on Sat 27 Jan - 17:36

A sea border..... LOL 1 is that for real? I don't know anything about sea borders.
Can we disregard latitude ?
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Re: Is Sardinia in Europe or Africa?

Post Aëlwenn on Sun 28 Jan - 0:19

Not European for me. The culture, the people are a bit weird in European standards.
Aparté : Corsica, even if it’s french territory, look far more Italian about language, culture and people. So personnaly I don’t care if you put her out of Europe Very Happy
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Re: Is Sardinia in Europe or Africa?

Post OsricPearl on Fri 9 Feb - 22:09

They look European to me. The reason they look different from others is because they don't have a lot (if any) steppe ancestry. They're basically pure WNF with some Western HG in the mix.

If you google image "Sardianian woman" you get lots of good pics of women in traditional costume. they don't seem exotic by southern european standards.
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Post Neon Knight on Sat 10 Feb - 20:15

@OsricPearl wrote:They look European to me. The reason they look different from others is because they don't have a lot (if any) steppe ancestry. They're basically pure WNF with some Western HG in the mix.

If you google image "Sardianian woman" you get lots of good pics of women in traditional costume. they don't seem exotic by southern european standards.

Yeah, I wasn't questioning the Europeaness of the Sardinian people, just the geographical classification of the island. Wikipedia: "The first people to settle in Sardinia during the Upper Paleolithic and the Mesolithic came probably from the Iberian Peninsula and the Italian Peninsula."

It's kind of the Iceland of the South, not strictly in Europe but with a European population.

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Re: Is Sardinia in Europe or Africa?

Post OsricPearl on Sun 11 Feb - 4:44

Iberian peninsula and Italy? No wonder I find them attracive. Yah-boo

But I still think it fits. It's clustered in with Corsica and it's right around Italy. I think Cyprus is a better example of an island that's like Iceland to the South.
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