Religion of the Etruscans Paperback

by Nancy Thomson de Grummond;

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Religion of the Etruscans

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Devotion to religion was the distinguishing characteristic of the Etruscan people, the most powerful civilization of Italy in the Archaic period. From a very early date, Etruscan religion spread its influence into Roman society, especially with the practice of divination. The Etruscan priest Spurinna, to give a well-known example, warned Caesar to beware the Ides of March. Yet despite the importance of religion in Etruscan life, there are relatively few modern comprehensive studies of Etruscan religion, and none in English. This volume seeks to fill that deficiency by bringing together essays by leading scholars that collectively provide a state-of-the-art overview of Etruscan religion. The eight essays in this book cover all of the most important topics in Etruscan religion, including the Etruscan pantheon and the roles of the gods, the roles of priests and divinatory practices, votive rituals, liturgical literature, sacred spaces and temples, and burial and the afterlife.In addition to the essays, the book contains valuable supporting materials, including the first English translation of an Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar (which guided priests in making divinations), Greek and Latin sources about Etruscan religion (in the original language and English translation), a concordance to Etruscan inscriptions, and a glossary. Nearly 150 black and white photographs and drawings illustrate surviving Etruscan artefacts and inscriptions, as well as temple floor plans and reconstructions.

Religion of the Etruscans by Nancy Thomson de Grummond was published by Ams Print On Demand in February 2006. The ISBN for Religion of the Etruscans is 9780292721463.

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Details for Religion of the Etruscans

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherAms Print On Demand (February 2006)
Number of Pages239
Thickness12 mm
Height280 mm
Width210 mm
Product Code1983552
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