Etruscan Italy
General Catalog Course Title:
Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture
Terms Offered:
Fall 2015
Spring 2013

 The Etruscans, dismissed in the past as a marginal ancient culture and rarely studied in the most formidable universities today, were major contributors to what we consider to be Western civilization’s greatest achievements, namely, architecture, engineering, and art. A wealthy and sophisticated people living in central Italy between the 8th and 2nd centuries BC, the Etruscans leave us much of their past; by way of tombs, temples, habitation sites, and material culture. By the 7th century BC the Etruscans had created a broad network of commercial and artistic trade throughout the Mediterranean and were avid importers of Greek art. Their own artistic legacy lives on in their work in wall paintings, vase paintings, terra-cotta and bronze sculpture and gold jewelry. In fact, since their literature has not survived, it is from their art that we learn about their fascinating culture. By using an interdisciplinary approach (archaeology, history and art history), this course will trace Etruscan civilization and art from its origins in the Villanovan Iron Age to the 2nd century BC when the Etruscans were subjugated and absorbed by the Romans. We will conclude by examining how the 18th century gave birth to ‘Etruscomania’ in Europe and led to the creation of Etruscan studies in the academic world today


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