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The Politics of Intoxication: Early Tuscany and the Goddess of Wine
April 1, 2019
Iowa City, IA United States
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Iowa
Lecturer: Anthony Tuck
Few regions of the world are as closely associated with wine as is Tuscany. It’s tradition of viticulture extends back thousands of years to the time of the Etruscans. And within those earliest Italian cities, wine was used as a vital political instrument, an essential facet of the complex social and religious tapestry of Etruscan life. Archaeological excavation at the site of Poggio Civitate offers a window onto the customs and beliefs associated with wine within this enigmatic population of early Italy. Among the numerous insights provided by the site, banqueting stands as an important instrument of social communication between the site’s aristocratic population and members of the community’s non-elite.
Tuck, A. 2015. Vinum: Poggio Civitate and the Goddess of Wine. with Rex Wallace, Sarah Kansa & Caroline Horvitz.