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Religious Architecture in Latium and Etruria, c. 900-500 BC

Author/EditorPotts C (Author)
ISBN: 9780198818120
Pub Date08/02/2018
BindingPaperback
Pages208
Dimensions (mm)277(h) * 220(w) * 13(d)
Religious Architecture in Latium and Etruria, c. 900-500 BC presents the first comprehensive treatment of cult buildings in western central Italy from the Iron Age to the Archaic Period.
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Religious Architecture in Latium and Etruria, c. 900-500 BC presents the first comprehensive treatment of cult buildings in western central Italy from the Iron Age to the Archaic Period. By analysing the archaeological evidence for the form of early religious buildings and their role in ancient communities, it reconstructs a detailed history of early Latial and Etruscan religious architecture that brings together the buildings and the people who
used them.

The first part of the study examines the processes by which religious buildings changed from huts and shrines to monumental temples, and explores apparent differences between these processes in Latium and Etruria. The second part analyses the broader architectural, religious, and topographical contexts of the first Etrusco-Italic temples alongside possible rationales for their introduction. The result is a new and extensive account of when, where, and why monumental cult buildings became
features of early central Italic society.

Religious Architecture in Latium and Etruria, c. 900-500 BC presents the first comprehensive treatment of cult buildings in western central Italy from the Iron Age to the Archaic Period. By analysing the archaeological evidence for the form of early religious buildings and their role in ancient communities, it reconstructs a detailed history of early Latial and Etruscan religious architecture that brings together the buildings and the people who
used them.

The first part of the study examines the processes by which religious buildings changed from huts and shrines to monumental temples, and explores apparent differences between these processes in Latium and Etruria. The second part analyses the broader architectural, religious, and topographical contexts of the first Etrusco-Italic temples alongside possible rationales for their introduction. The result is a new and extensive account of when, where, and why monumental cult buildings became
features of early central Italic society.

Charlotte R. Potts is the Sybille Haynes Associate Professor in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology and Art at the University of Oxford and the Woolley Fellow in Archaeology at Somerville College.

Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Abbreviations Chronology 1: Constructing Histories Part 1: From Huts to Temples 2: The First Religious Buildings: 'Sacred Huts' 3: The Architecture of Early Shrines and Temples 4: The Decoration of Early Shrines and Temples Part 2: Religious Monumentality in Context 5: Ritual Activation: Altars, Cult Statues, and Temples 6: Ritual Topographies: Landscapes, Cityscapes, and Temples 7: Accounting for Religious Monumentality 8: Conclusions Appendix: The Archaic Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus in Rome Catalogue Bibliography Index

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