Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion: Studies in Honor of Jean MacIntosh Turfa

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Etruscans were deemed 'the most religious of men' by their Roman successors and it is hardly surprising that the topic of Etruscan religion has been explored for some time now. This volume offers a contribution to the continued study of Etruscan religion and daily life by focusing on the less explored issue of ritual. Ritual is approached through fourteen case studies, considering mortuary customs, votive rituals, and other religious and daily life practices. This book gathers new material, interpretations and approaches to the less emphasized areas of Etruscan religion, especially its votive aspects, based on archaeological and epigraphic sources.

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"This substantial volume [...] provides new material of interest not only to Etruscan specialists but also to those interested in the wider archeology of ritual. The papers vary widely in scope, approach and length, as well as topic, but are of a consistent quality. As a whole, the volume provides a welcome overview of the present nature of Etruscan scholarship and is a very useful addition to general scholarship on Mediterranean ritual archaeology."
Liza Cleland, University of Edinburgh, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2009.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004170452
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2008
  • Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World Series, #166
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Margarita Gleba, Ph.D. (2004) in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College, is Research Programme Manager at the Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen. She published on various aspects of ancient textile production, including Textile Production in pre-Roman Italy (2008), Dressing the Past: Costume through 21st Century Eyes (2008) and Designed for Life and Death (2009). Hilary Becker, Ph.D. (2007) in Classical Archaeology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Washington and Lee University. A landscape archaeologist with abiding interests in the modes and mechanisms of production and exchange in ancient Italy. Hilary is currently conducting a study of the economy of North Etruria in the Archaic and Classical periods.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Tabula gratulatoria xv

An Appreciation Jean MacIntosh Turfa xxiii

Bibliography of Jean MacIntosh Turfa xxvii

Editors' Preface xxxiii

Authors xxxv

Bibliographic Abbreviations xli

Introduction Hilary Becker Margarita Gleba 1

Part 1 Votives

Chapter 1 'Gli Etruschi fuori d'Etruria': Dons et Offrandes Étrusques en Méditerranée Occidentale et dans l'Ouest de l'Europe Jean Gran-Aymerich 15

Chapter 2 Les Inscriptions Votives du Sanctuaire de Portonaccio à Véies Dominique Briquel 43

Chapter 3 Textile Tools in Ancient Italian Votive Contexts: Evidence of Dedication or Production" Margarita Gleba 69

Part 2 Places

Chapter 4 The Economic Agency of the Etruscan Temple: Elites, Dedications and Display Hilary Becker 87

Chapter 5 The Historical and Religious Context of Vows Fulfilled in Etruscan Temple Foundations Ingrid Edlund-Berry 101

Chapter 6 Remains of the Ritual at the Sanctuary of Poggio Colla P. Gregory Warden 107

Chapter 7 The Cima Tumulus at San Giuliano-An Aristocratic Tomb and Monument for the Cult of the Ancestors of the Late Orientalizing Period Stephan Steingräber 123

Chapter 8 Stone Sculpture in the Context of Etruscan Tombs: A Note on its Position Iefke van Kampen 135

Part 3 Rituals

Chapter 9 The Earliest Etruscan Toast. Considerations on the Earliest Phases of Populonia Gilda Bartoloni 159

Chapter 10 On Mutilated Mirrors Nancy T. de Grummond 171

Chapter 11 Ritual Dress Larissa Bonfante 183

Chapter 12 Veiled and Unveiled: Uncovering Roman Influence in Hellenistic Italy Fay Glinister 193

Chapter 13 On the Enigmatic Deity Lur in the Liber linteus zagrabiensis L. Bouke van der Meer 217

Chapter 14 Cremation and Comminution at Etruscan Tarquinia in the 5th-4th Century BCE: Insights into Cultural Transformations from Tomb 6322 Marshall J. Becker 229

Illustrations Section 249

Index of Places 285

General Index 289

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