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The Etruscans

Lucy Shipley



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Reaktion Books
23 October 2017
The Etruscans were a powerful and influential civilization in ancient Italy. But despite their prominence, they are often misrepresented as mysterious - a strange, unknowable people whose language and culture have largely vanished. Lucy Shipley's new history of the Etruscans presents a different picture: of a people who traded with Greece and shaped the development of Rome, who inspired Renaissance artists and Romantic firebrands and whose influence is still felt strongly in the modern world.

The book explores Etruscan culture through a series of stories that also reveal the biases and prejudices of the present day. It describes the journey of Etruscan objects from the point of their creation through the story of their use, loss, rediscovery and reinvention. From the wrappings of an Egyptian mummy displayed in a fashionable salon to the extra-curricular activities of a member of the Bonaparte family, it takes us on an extraordinary voyage through Etruscan archaeology that leads to surprising and intriguing places.
By:   Lucy Shipley
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781780238326
ISBN 10:   1780238320
Series:   Lost civilizations
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   23 October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lucy Shipley is the author of Experiencing Etruscan Pots: Ceramics, Bodies and Images in Etruria (2015). She lives in Devon, UK.

Reviews for The Etruscans

Balanced and fully informed. . . . Excellent. --Fred S. Kleiner Historian Shipley sets her course by identifying a select object or place as a focus for each chapter. . . . These prompt an examination of different aspects of the Etruscan world. It is a neat device enabling the author to guide us through what has actually been discovered, what the objects may say about the Etruscans, and to make robust examinations of a range of theories about them that have been put forward over time. . . . Shipley's book is as engaging as her subject. Her work leaves us eager to discover more about this most fascinating group of people. -- Minerva Shipley's concise and elegant prose serves as an ideal complement to her fascinating subject. The people of this remarkable and enigmatic culture come alive in a brilliant treatment appropriate for any audience. --Anthony Tuck, University of Massachusetts Amherst and director of the Poggio Civitate Excavations Historian Shipley's [bridges] deftly the ancient evidence and modern debates, and [shifts] focus seamlessly from the big picture to captivating details. She writes in an engaging, breezy style . . . Shipley's book accomplishes its mission with aplomb: it will not only hold the interest of students and scholars alike, but also speak in powerful ways to the interested lay reader. Indeed, if there is one book among the recent spate of works on the Etruscans that is likely to win over the popular imagination--one as alive to their distinct character and accomplishments as their lost legacy and muddled afterlives--Shipley's book is surely it. For The Etruscans demonstrates that new facts can be more interesting than old fiction. -- Classical Journal The Etruscans is cleverly written, because each chapter deals with one problem and then takes one object or place as an example of that problem. . . . This is a splendid little book, which brings the Etruscans up to date and does much to strip away the mystery that surrounds this lost civilization. -- Current World Archaeology

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