Twelve papers by leading international scholars on the theme of the cultural, regional and personal identity of the Etruscans. The volume celebrates the originality of the Etruscan character manifest in its richly varied workshop production, and examines some unusual objects and buildings, considering what they tell us of Etruscan life, belief and influences. On a personal note, it considers how the Etruscans themselves wished to be identified and remembered. Two contrasting papers discuss attitudes to the Etruscans in the 18th century and the latest evidence for their origins using DNA studies. The papers were originally presented at a conference in 2006, celebrating the work of the renowned Etruscologist, Sybille Haynes.
Judith Swaddling is Curator of the Etruscan and Italic collections at the British Museum. She organised the Etruscan World gallery at the British Museum and has been responsible for numerous conferences, lectures, workshops and publications concerning the Etruscans. She is a member of both the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Etruschi ed Italici and the Accademia Etrusca di Cortona and for many years has sought to bring the Etruscans to a wider audience.
Sybille Haynes mbe in her own words Bibliography Foreword (Neil MacGregor) James Byres and the Definition of the Etruscans (David Ridgway) The Hamilton Gray Vase (Dyfri Williams) The Ridgway Ram Vase (Dyfri Williams) An Attic Red-figure Kylix from Veii and the Distribution of the Zalamea Group in Etruria (Laura Ambrosini) The Importance of Being Umaele (Giovanna Bagnasco Gianni) The Late Orientalising Bronze Workshops at Chiusi (Antonella RomualdiShake) Rattle and Role? Sistrums in Etruria (Judith Swaddling) Houses, Tombs and Temples (Friedhelm Prayon) Etruscan Rock-cut Chamber tombs (Stephan Steingraber) Solving the Riddle of the Sphinx on the Roof (Nancy A. Winter) Funerary Practice, Rituals and Ideology of the Orientalising Aristocracies (Stephano Bruni) The Lotus and Poppies in Etruscan Funerary Contexts (Jean-Rene Jannot) The Etruscan Language in its Italic Context (J.H.W. Penney) Etruscan by Definition (Phil Perkins)