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ARC 09 A — Etruscan Archaeology and Art

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 18—May 23
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 20
Unit: 1
Tuition: $385
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Apr 18—May 23
6 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 20
1 Unit
Patrick Hunt
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Who were the Etruscans? Despite centuries of excavation and exploration, the Etruscans are still one of the mysteries of ancient history. How much of their culture can we piece together and on what is this reconstruction based? The lack of lengthy Etruscan texts continues to be a primary reason why we still have only a fragmentary record of Etruscan culture. On the other hand, the material culture is rich, abounding in ceramics, bronzes, tomb wall paintings, and many other necropolis-related finds over several centuries. In addition, one can trace influences in Etruscan culture from Phoenician and Greek colonies and marvel at the quantity of Greek art preserved by the Etruscans.

In this course, we will examine the Tuscan topography, sites and contexts, art, and artifacts via slide-illustrated lectures. We will also explore new Etruscan discoveries—including a very recently excavated cache of 24 monumental bronzes—and their importance to both Etruscan religion and art, as well as new understanding of long-distance Etruscan trade networks. We will also learn about the state-of-the-art analytical archaeological science behind innovative Etruscan technologies.

Students who enroll in Section A of this course will have the option to attend sessions on campus. Students who enroll in Section B of this course will participate live over Zoom. Students will have access to class recordings for the duration of the course. Please see the preliminary syllabus for details.

Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project; Research Associate, Archeoethnobotany, Institute of EthnoMedicine

Patrick Hunt is the author of 25 books and is a lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Hunt is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, and he is an explorer and expeditions expert for National Geographic. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Nigel Spivey, Etruscan Art (ISBN 978-0500203040)