A Companion to the Etruscans by Sinclair Bell

By Sinclair Bell

This new assortment offers a wealthy number of cutting edge scholarship at the Etruscans, a colourful, autonomous humans whose special civilization flourished in imperative Italy for many of the 1st millennium BCE and whose creative, social and cultural traditions assisted in shaping the traditional Mediterranean, eu, and Classical worlds. comprises contributions from a world forged of either validated and rising students deals clean views on Etruscan paintings and tradition, together with research of the main up to date study and archaeological discoveries Reassesses and evaluates conventional subject matters like structure, wall portray, ceramics, and sculpture in addition to new ones equivalent to fabric archaeology, whereas additionally addressing issues that experience but to be completely investigated within the scholarship, resembling the obesus etruscus, the functionality and use of knickknack at assorted lifestyles phases, Greek and Roman topoi in regards to the Etruscans, the Etruscans’ reception of ponderation, and extra Counters the declare that the Etruscans have been culturally not so good as the Greeks and Romans by way of emphasizing fields the place the Etruscans have been both technological or inventive pioneers and by means of reframing similarities widespread and iconography as examples of Etruscan business enterprise and reception instead of as a deficit of neighborhood creativity

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REFERENCES Babbi, A. and U. Peltz. 2013. La Tomba del Guerriero di Tarquinia. (Römisch‐Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Monographien 109). Mainz. Barker, G. 1981. Landscape and Society: Prehistoric Central Italy. London. Barrett, J. C. and R. Bradley, eds. 1980. Settlement and Society in the British Later Bronze Age. Oxford. , R. Peroni and A. Vanzetti. 2000. ” In L. , 47–54. Bietti Sestieri, A. M. 2010. L’Italia nell’età del bronzo e del ferro. Rome. Bonomi Ponzi, L. 1970. ” Bullettino di Paletnologia Italiana 79: 95–156.

Ivory. From the Circolo degli Avori in the Banditella necropolis at Marsiliana d’Albegna. Florence, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, inv. 93480. Photo: © 2015. Photo Scala, Florence – courtesy of the Ministero Beni e Att. Culturali. Perhaps the most significant development of the Orientalizing period, especially within the contexts of self‐expression and constructing identity, was the adaptation of the Euboean alphabet (transmitted most likely through their apoikia (colony), Pithekoussai, which was founded around 760) and the beginnings of literacy (Agostiniani 2013; see further, Chapter 14).

These practices developed further during the Orientalizing period, not only in the transition of the dominant burial form from cremation to inhumation (although this practice was not adopted uniformly across Etruria: cremation persisted in northern Etruria, sometimes alongside inhumation, most notably at Chiusi), but also in the inclusion of more numerous and distinctive burial items, especially those of foreign manufacture. Elite tombs from this period – notable examples include the Tomba di Bocchoris at Tarquinia, the Tomba dei Flabelli Bronzi at Populonia, the Circolo di Bes at Vetulonia, and the Barberini and Bernardini tombs at Praeneste – contained luxury imports from various parts of the Mediterranean: Greek ceramics, especially banqueting equipment; ivory and ostrich eggshell objects; bronze bowls, cauldrons and stands from Cyprus, Phoenicia and Syria; elaborate gold jewelry; and other distinctive goods (see Chapter 6).

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