The Archaeology of Etruscan Society

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The late sixth century was a period of considerable change in Etruria; this change is traditionally seen as the adoption of superior models from Greece. In a radical re-alignment of agency, this book examines a wide range of Etruscan material culture - mirrors, tombs, sanctuaries, houses, cities and landscape - in order to demonstrate the importance of local concerns in the formation of Etruscan material culture. Drawing on recent theoretical developments, the book emphasises the deliberate nature of the smallest of changes in material culture form, and develops the concept of surface as a unifying key to understanding the changes in the ways Etruscans represented themselves in life and death. This concept allows a uniquely holistic approach to the archaeology of Etruscan society and has potential for other archaeological investigations. The book will interest scholars and students of archaeology and classical archaeology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521300605
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Vedia Izzet is Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton, having previously been a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. She has directed the British team at the excavation of a sanctuary site at Cerveteri and is about to start a project at the major Etruscan port of Spina.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations     vii
Acknowledgements     x
List of abbreviations     xi
Introduction     1
Models of change in Etruria     10
Introduction     10
Models of change in Etruria     10
Material culture form: an alternative model     23
Conclusion     41
Etruscan mirrors: reflections on personal and gender identity     43
Introduction     43
Mirrors and personal identity: reflection and adornment     46
Mirrors and gender identity     55
Conclusion     84
Funerary architecture: the living and the dead     87
Introduction     87
Tomb form     91
Cemetery organisation     115
Conclusion     119
Sanctuaries: the sacred and the profane     122
Introduction     122
The creation of sanctuaries     126
Temple form     130
Conclusion     141
Domestic architecture: public and private     143
Introduction     143
House form     146
Conclusion     163
Urban form and the concept of the city     165
Introduction     165
Public and private     170
Differentiating public spaces     174
City and non-city     182
Conclusion     206
Making Etruscan society: culture contact and (material) culture change     208
Introduction     208
Cultural interaction and the creation of identity     209
Interactions outside Italy     211
Interactions within Italy     223
Conclusion: making Etruscan society     233
Bibliography     236
Index     309
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