Izzet, Vedia E.
Form and meaning in Etruscan ritual space
Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 11, (2), .
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Monumental sanctuaries in Central Italy, more specifically South Etruria, appear suddenly in the middle of the first millennium BC. Ancient Greek and Roman authors wrote about the Etruscans, and the Etruscans themselves produced a mass of material evidence which they buried in their tombs, and which drew on Classical elements including mythology.
As a result of the wealth and breadth of archaeological material, this society provides much, so far unexplored, scope for cognitive investigation. Here my concern is why sanctuaries emerged in the late sixth century, and why the highly codified temple architecture of South Etruria took the form that it did.
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