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Masters of Prophecy: Religion, Identity, and the Fate of the Etruscans in the Context of Roman Italy

When: Wed., April 20, 8-9:30 p.m. 2016

The mysterious nature of ancient Etruscan culture rests on three major issues: their inscrutable origins, their unparalleled language, and their peculiar religion. In the Roman world, the Etruscans enjoyed a long-lasting fame as clever seers of the future, with priests able to read future events in the entrails of sacrificed animals. In his lecture, Dr. Daniele F. Maras will describe the foundation of this tradition, its continuation in the late Republican and early Imperial Roman periods, the opposition by Etrusco-Roman priests to new religions, and how this last activity led to its downfall as Christianity took hold.

Price: Free

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