Book Series New Approaches in Archaeology, vol. 2

Consumption, Ritual, Art, and Society

Interpretive Approaches and Recent Discoveries of Food and Drink in Etruria

Lisa Pieraccini, Laurel Taylor (eds)

  • Pages: 132 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:36 b/w, 16 col., 3 tables b/w., 3 maps b/w, 4 maps color
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60215-8
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Food determines who we are. We are what we eat, but also how we eat, with whom we eat, where we eat and, in some cases, even why we eat. Food production and consumption in the ancient world can express multiple dimensions of identity and negotiate belonging to, or exclusion from, cultural groups. It can bind through religious praxis, express wealth, manifest cultural identity, reveal differentiation in age or gender, and define status. As a prism through which to investigate the past, its utility is manifold. The chapters gathered together in this ground-breaking book explore the intersections between food, consumption, and ritual within Etruscan society through a purposeful cross-disciplinary approach. It offers a unique and innovative selection of up-to-date analysis from a variety of Etruscan food-related topics. From banqueting, feasting, fish rites, and symbolic consumption to bio-archaeological data, this volume explores a new and exciting field in ancient Italian archaeology.


List of Illustrations

Lisa Pieraccini and Laurel Taylor

1. Archaeology of the Grapevine and Wine Production in Etruria
Andrea Zifferero

2. Butchery, Meat Distribution, and Ritual Dining in Etruscan Poggio Civitate (Murlo)
Sarah Whitcher Kansa

3. Beyond the Banquet, Beyond the Tomb: Typologies of Feasting in Etruscan Visual and Material Culture
Laurel Taylor

4. Dining with the Dead: Visual Meals, Memory, and Symbolic Consumption in Etruscan Tomb Painting
Lisa C. Pieraccini

5. Fish and Rituals: Working Notes on Religious Practices Involving Fish in Ancient Etruria
Daniele F. Maras

6. Death – by Consumption – Interrupted:  The Iconography of Vilia (Hesione) on Etruscan Bronze Mirrors
Alexandra A. Carpino