The Bronze Liver of Piacenza

Analysis of a Polytheistic Structure


This book deals with the Iecur Placentinum, the bronze model of a sheep’s liver, bearing 42 Etruscan inscriptions. The Piacenza Liver is a highly interesting document of the utmost importance for the understanding of Etruscan religion. It will appear that the network with the inscribed names of divinities on both sides of the Liver depicts a microcosmos reflecting the macrocosmos, the Etruscan division of heaven.

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