Divining the Etruscan World: The Brontoscopic Calendarand Religious Practice

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 16, 2012 - History - 408 pages
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The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar is a rare document of omens foretold by thunder. It long lay hidden, embedded in a Greek translation within a Byzantine treatise from the age of Justinian. The first complete English translation of the Brontoscopic Calendar, this book provides an understanding of Etruscan Iron Age society as revealed through the ancient text, especially the Etruscans' concerns regarding the environment, food, health, and disease. Jean MacIntosh Turfa also analyzes the ancient Near Eastern sources of the Calendar and the subjects of its predictions, thereby creating a picture of the complexity of Etruscan society reaching back the before the advent of writing and the recording of the calendar.
  

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Contents

ITS TRANSMISSION
3
ETRUSCAN RELIGION IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD
19
AN OMINOUS TIME THUNDER LIGHTNING
37
DIARIUM TONITRUALE
73
TRANSLATION OF THE ETRUSCAN
86
ANALYSIS OF THE BRONTOSCOPIC CALENDAR
105
PLAGUE BUT
164
THE WOMEN AND THE SLAVES WILL CARRY
204
C OTHER BRONTOSCOPIA IN THE CLASSICAL TRADITION
278
ASSESSING THE ETRUSCAN BRONTOSCOPIC
304
Appendix A Texts Relating to the Study ofEtruscan Religion
315
Appendix B Sample Mesopotamian Documents and Additional Data
326
Sample
339
Timeline ofPersonages Cultural Phases and Historical Periods
351
Bibliography
359
Index
399

MESOPOTAMIAN INFLUENCES AND NEAR EASTERN
241

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About the author (2012)

Jean MacIntosh Turfa is Rodney Young Fellow in the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Adjunct Professor of Classics and Ancient Studies at St Joseph's University, Philadelphia. She has published catalogues of collections of Etruscan antiquities as well as articles on Etruscan art, seafaring, votive offerings, and divination and medicine.

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