By Nancy Thomson de Grummond, Erika Simon
Devotion to faith was once the distinguishing attribute of the Etruscan humans, the main robust civilization of Italy within the Archaic interval. From a truly early date, Etruscan faith unfold its effect into Roman society, particularly with the perform of divination. The Etruscan priest Spurinna, to offer a widely known instance, warned Caesar to pay attention the Ides of March. but regardless of the significance of faith in Etruscan lifestyles, there are fairly few glossy entire stories of Etruscan faith, and none in English. This quantity seeks to fill that deficiency by means of bringing jointly essays via top students that jointly supply a cutting-edge evaluate of Etruscan faith. The 8 essays during this e-book conceal the entire most vital themes in Etruscan faith, together with the Etruscan pantheon and the jobs of the gods, the jobs of monks and divinatory practices, votive rituals, liturgical literature, sacred areas and temples, and burial and the afterlife. as well as the essays, the publication comprises useful helping fabrics, together with the 1st English translation of an Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar (which guided clergymen in making divinations), Greek and Latin assets approximately Etruscan faith (in the unique language and English translation), a concordance to Etruscan inscriptions, and a word list. approximately a hundred and fifty black and white photos and drawings illustrate surviving Etruscan artefacts and inscriptions, in addition to temple flooring plans and reconstructions.