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Etruscomania and local identity in post-Unification Italy

Publication date: Jan 18, 2013 4:46:36 PM

Start: Feb 6, 2013 5:15:00 PM
End: Feb 6, 2013 6:15:00 PM

Location: Room 410, Institute of Archaeology

A scene from a late 19th c. Etruscan carnival organised in Bologna

Axel Körner (UCL History) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network at the Institute on 6 February.

Prof Körner's seminar is entitled "Etruscomania and local identity in post-Unification Italy" and all are welcome.


During the 1870s and 1880s the former capital of the Papal Legations, the North-Italian city of Bologna, claimed to be the centre of Italy's most ancient civilisation, the basis from which any subsequent Etruscan and Roman culture developed.  Archaeological excavations and international meetings of archaeologists generated an unprecedented public interest in the region's earliest history, reflected in local political debates as well as in the city's popular culture, culminating in the organisation of an Etruscan carnival in 1874.  The discovery of the Villanovan and Etruscan civilisations helped to negotiate the difficult relationship between local, regional and national identities in post-Unification Italy.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Amara Thornton.