This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
Ever since the Iron Age, Etruscan women have intrigued and challenged those around them. Greek and Roman authors looked askance at their freedom and luxury — but still copied Etruscan culture and technology. Today we understand Etruscans, their society, and especially their women as real people thanks to the engaging research of the late Larissa Bonfante. This lecture is a retrospective of a small fraction of Larissa’s studies on Etruscan women’s daily lives, with references to discoveries made by students and fellow-scholars whom she befriended over the years. Among the topics to be investigated are love, marriage, babies, health (and the invention of false teeth), literacy, jewelry (and the far-flung trade that spread Etruscan civilization to Celtic Europe), fashions (like designer shoes for Greece), priestesses, and divination.
Bonfante Lecture (inaugural)