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New Perspectives on Etruria and Early Rome
Edited by Sinclair Bell and Helen Nagy

Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, Laura McClure, and Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell, Series Editors

“[T]estimony to the vitality of Etruscan archaeology and to the truly cooperative nature of the discipline, not only in terms of the scholars who have contributed to these studies but also in the huge diversity of its subject matter.”
—Tom Rasmussen, Antiquity

A panoramic view of ancient cultures in Italy

This impressive collection brings to light the works of international scholars, some previously unavailable to an English-language audience. With new information and assessments about the art, architecture, and archaeology of one of the most dynamic periods in the history of the ancient world—the transition between pre-Roman and Roman Italy—these scholars focus on ancient Italy and the wider Mediterranean. Shedding new light on the evidence of well-known and recently excavated sites and the objects they have yielded—their iconography, manufacturing techniques, and afterlives—this collection follows the first archaeological traces of the rise of ancient Italy to its rediscovery in the Renaissance and its reinvention in contemporary fiction, offering a vibrant contribution to classical studies.

Paying tribute to Richard Daniel De Puma, a scholar who has made significant and influential contributions to Etruscan and Roman studies, the contributors to this collection echo the ambition and creativity of his work while offering an up-to-date survey of contemporary Etruscan scholarship. In surveying new developments in both fields, the work collected here represents the diverse, interdisciplinary interests of De Puma as well as areas of recent groundbreaking research.


Sinclair Bell is assistant professor of art history at Northern Illinois University.

Helen Nagy is professor emerita at the University of Puget Sound.



Larissa Bonfante, New York University

Giovannangelo Camporeale, University of Florence

Alexandra Carpino, Northern Arizona University

John R. Clarke, University of Texas at Austin

Ingrid Edlund-Berry, University of Texas at Austin

Francesco di Gennaro, Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma

Carin Green, University of Iowa

Peter Holliday, California State University, Long Beach

Carol Mattusch, George Mason University

Erin Nell, University of Arizona

Marjatta Nielsen, independent scholar

Ingrid Rowland, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture

Jocelyn Penny Small, Rutgers University

David Soren, University of Arizona

Stephan Steingräber, German Archaeological Institute, Rome

Paolo Togninelli, Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma

Anthony Tuck, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, University of Pennsylvania Museum

P. Gregory Warden, Southern Methodist University




“This collection of essays honours the personality and work of Richard Daniel de Puma, of the University of Iowa, whose many essays and volumes on Etruscan ceramics, jewellery and mirrors, and more recently on Etruscan fakes and forgers, have always been models of careful and intelligent scholarship ... The volume is well presented and contains much of interest ... de Puma's own broad scholarship is well-reflected and celebrated here.”
—Christopher Smith, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

New Perspectives on Etruria and Early Rome makes a valuable contribution to the field, especially within the Anglophone context, where Etruria (and early Italy in general) are still too often ignored. Indeed, there can be no doubt that university teachers will find several contributions to be welcome additions to their course bibliographies.”
—Roman Roth, Scholia Reviews



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New Perspectives on Etruria and Early Roe: a brown cover with an image of an ancient mirror in the center of the page.

May 2009
LC: 2008040623 DG
400 pp.   8 x 10
75 b/w photos  
42 line drawings  
6 maps

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ISBN 9780299230302
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Publication of this book was supported, in part, by a grant from the Dr. M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation for publications in Mediterranean archaelogy.