Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion

Studies in Honor of Jean MacIntosh Turfa


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. The 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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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.
"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

"In all, this is a series of interesting contributions on Etruscan religion, some with new ideas, some being summaries."
Ingrid Krauskopf, University of Heidelberg, American Journal of Archaeology 114:2
The volume is intended mainly for a scholarly audience and will be of particular interest to Etruscologists, scholars of ancient religion and culture, as well as to classicists, ancient historians and archaeologists.