Polis religion, lived religion, Etruscan religion. Thoughts on recent research

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This paper seeks to compare two recent books on archaic religion and sanctuaries, one, Sandrine Agusta- Boularot, Sandrine Huber et William van Andringa (eds), Quand naissent les dieux. Fondation des sanctuaires antiques: Motivations, agents, lieux focussing on the Greek world, and the other, Elisabetta Govi (ed.) La città etrusca e il sacro: santuari e istituzioni politiche, on the Etruscans. The importance of including the Etruscan paradigm in broader surveys of archaic Mediterranean religion, identifying both similarities and
differences, is underlined. The current debate on polis religion is surveyed. Ways in which the evidence for Etruscan religious behaviour can be interpreted as a symbolic order, or in the light of notions of lived religion, are discussed. The paper concludes with a discussion of the supposedly distinctive feature of Etruscan religion, the books in which it was inscribed, and suggests new avenues for interpretation and research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-105
Journal Ocnus | Quaderni della Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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