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Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans (Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras) Hardcover – June 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0810854710 ISBN-10: 0810854716

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Part of Scarecrow Press’ Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras series, this book is significant because it is the only English-language dictionary (or encyclopedia) specifically covering Etruria. The Etruscans themselves developed a significant yet little-known culture typically viewed through its strong political and social influence on Rome, its southern neighbor and conqueror. Precursor to Rome and sister to Greece, Etruria is historically obscure. Stoddart’s dictionary does not attempt to detail every aspect of Etruscan culture and history, aiming instead to “cover the essentials in a more archeological and contextual framework than many Etruscan offerings,” making the dictionary of limited use to undergraduates while a necessity for specialists, graduates, and postgraduates. A 2-page chronology is followed by an 11-page academic introduction that “locates the Etruscans geographically and describes the workings of their society.” The introduction illustrates the reference’s archaeological framework as well as Stoddart’s aim, to conceptualize “Etruscan identity, ways in which individuals would have considered themselves, according to the context in which they found themselves.” The introduction is followed by approximately 900 entries that span from one sentence to more than 400 words, covering specific settlements and cities (and their related archaeological work), Etruscan achievements, and pioneering Etruscologists and their techniques. Veii is a typical entry, as well as an example of the references’ archaeological underpinnings, detailing the city’s important Villanovan material culture with only a mention of its historical significance. Researchers will delight in an extensive and thorough appendix of museums and research institutions coupled with a comprehensive bibliography. Recommended for libraries serving upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. --Charles Becker

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This is likely to prove a well-consulted title in many library collections. Students will welcome it as a source of factual material for their work, as will scholars as a means of quick-reference to confirm or discover information; it is also likely to prove of interest in general reference collections, given the widespread interest in an ancient mysterious people. (Stuart James Reference Reviews)

Give a vivid picture of new work on Etruscan (mainly) and Roman archaeology and material culture.... It is abreast of the most recent scholarship, and the entry for 'genetics' gives a concise summary of the present state of knowledge or ignorance.... The plus points of Stoddart's volume include the fact that it covers a period going back to c. 1700 BC and, with its prehistoric emphasis, it will be useful for its full listing of Bronze Age and early Iron Age sites. (Antiquity)

This book is significant because it is the only English-language dictionary (or encyclopedia) specifically covering Etruria....Researchers will delight in an extensive and thorough appendix of museums and research institutions coupled with a comprehensive bibliography. Recommended for libraries serving upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. (Booklist, Online Exclusive December 2009)

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