The Etruscans, Greek Art, and the Near East

Ann C. Gunter*

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This chapter focuses on orientalizing Etruria of the eighth and seventh centuries BCE, a crucial period in the development of Etruscan society that witnessed the transformation of village structures into urban centers with new economic and political functions. For earlier generations of scholars, the prominent role of foreign artisans, goods, and styles in Etruria served to confirm opinions about the inferior status of Etruscan artistic accomplishments, particularly by comparison with what were considered canonical forms of Greek art and architecture. Ancient accounts describing Phoenician and Greek settlement and activity in the central Mediterranean have long furnished a broad historical framework, which archaeological investigations have significantly elaborated and refined. One of the hallmarks of Etruscan Orientalizing is the appearance of new funerary practices. As Etruscan elites sought to exhibit new social and political hierarchies, they often turned to established models and practices, along with associated forms of visual and material expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Etruscans
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781118354933
ISBN (Print)9781118352748
StatePublished - Dec 18 2015


  • Artistic technologies
  • Etruscan orientalizing art
  • Foreign artisans
  • Funerary practices
  • Greek art
  • Material culture
  • Phoenicians
  • Visual culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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