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The Etruscans
Barker, Graeme.
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Oxford ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1998.
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xii, 379 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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The Etruscans were the creators of one of the most highly developed cultures of the pre-Roman Mediterranean.

Author Notes

Graeme Barker is Professor of Archaeology and Head of the School of Archaeological Studies at the University of Leicester.
Tom Rasmussen is Senior Lecturer in the department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Manchester.

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Although Barker and Rasmussen eschew specifics about many aspects of Etruscan civilization and practice, they provide a full discussion of commerce, or trading activities, at which the Etruscans (Rasna, in their language) were virtually as skillful as anyone in the ancient Mediterranean except the Greeks, and of Etruscan settlement system across the landscape. The authors fully support the hypothesis of the local origins of the Rasna ethnic group in north-central Italy but downplay the originality of the Etruscans and their contributions to Latin culture and later Western civilization. They emphasize the foreignness of the Etruscans, although they do not stress information derived from the recent remarkable progress in deciphering Etruscan writing. Barker and Rasmussen also fail to note the similarity between Etruscan deity names and those of the Greeks and Romans, except to assume that the ancient Greeks were obviously as desirable models for the Etruscans as they have been to Westerners since the Renaissance. The authors describe many remarkable archaeological finds and objects, but the illustrations tend to show more run-of-the-mill artifacts and building and community plan layouts. An entire chapter is devoted to reconstructing the ancient landscape on which these cities and settlements were located. All levels. R. M. Rowlett; University of Missouri--Columbia

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1. The Landscape
2. Origins
3. Sources and Society
4. Cultural Transformations
5. Settlement and Territory
6. Subsistence and Economy
7. Life, Cult, and Afterlife
8. Romanization
Appendix Etruscan Places - A Rough Guide