Review by Choice Review
Structurally this welcome translation resembles a phenomenology of religion, with categorical chapters covering sacred texts (e.g., the Etrusca Disciplina), divination, sacrifice and funerary practices, the afterworld, sanctuaries, sacred architecture, cult participants, deities, and the "divine." Jannot (emer., Univ. of Nantes) includes 155 beautiful illustrations. Given recently expanding scholarly interest in the Etruscans, and especially in Etruscan religion, this translation not only introduces English readers to the principal elements of Etruscan religion, framed by a careful analysis of the problems inherent in the distance between many of the Greek and Roman sources for Etruscan religion and Etruscan practice itself, but also complements texts such as the recent anthology The Religion of the Etruscans (2006), ed. by N. T. De Grummond and E. Simon. Though not an expressed priority of this volume, the historical evidence that the author introduces, together with interpretations, will benefit scholars interested in identity formation in antiquity, since many of the discussions of Etruscan belief and practice provide careful comparative distinctions against proximate Greek and Roman analogies. The discussions of the practice and social role of Etruscan haruspicy and extispicy, the Etruscan concern for the control of prophecy, and various Roman strategies for appropriating Etruscan prophetic authority are especially enlightening. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. J. C. Hanges Miami University
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