Etruscan Myths

ISBN-10: 0292706065
ISBN-13: 9780292706064
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

The Etruscans were a people of sophisticated culture and technology who lived in the area between Florence and Rome. Their civilization flourished for nearly a thousand years before being subsumed by the Roman Empire, but they left a substantial legacy to western civilization. In antiquity they were known as a wealthy, luxury-loving people, fond of banqueting and music and deeply religious. They were highly literate, but their literature has not survived, so we turn to Etruscan art to tell us about their mythology and beliefs. Their plentiful, spontaneous art also tells us a great deal about their lives and about the importance of women in their aristocratic society. Most informative of their own distinctive and colorful beliefs are their interpretations of scenes from Greek mythology, reflecting the importance of goddesses and demons in their religion, as well as scenes of the human sacrifice they practiced. This book serves as an excellent introduction to the world of the Etruscans and their mythology and is plentifully illustrated from the vast collection of the British Museum and other international museums.

What do we know about Etruscan myths?
Notes on chronology and pronunciation of Etruscan names
The Trojan War
The Theban Cycle
The Underworld
Hercle, Theseus and other heroes
Prophecy and the Evil Eye
Blood for the Dead
The Aftermath
The Etruscan Pantheon
Concordance of deities
Suggestions for further reading
Picture credits
Index

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