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    DescriptionThe Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar is a rare document of omens foretold by thunder. It long lay hidden, embedded in a Greek translation within a Byzantine treatise from the age of Justinian. The first complete English translation of the Brontoscopic Calendar, this book provides an understanding of Etruscan Iron Age society as revealed through the ancient text, especially the Etruscans' concerns regarding the environment, food, health and disease. Jean MacIntosh Turfa also analyzes the ancient Near Eastern sources of the Calendar and the subjects of its predictions, thereby creating a picture of the complexity of Etruscan society reaching back before the advent of writing and the recording of the calendar.


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    Title
    Divining the Etruscan World
    Subtitle
    The Brontoscopic Calendarand Religious Practice
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean Macintosh Turfa
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 177 mm
    Height: 253 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 1,090 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107009073
    ISBN 10: 1107009073
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB, HBLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
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    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: REL017000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    DC22: 299/.9294, 299.9294
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    LC classification: BL813.E8 T87 2012
    DC23: 299.9294
    BISAC region code: 1.5.3.0.0.0.0
    Ingram Theme: INDS/CLASSI
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    24 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    16 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Jean MacIntosh Turfa is Rodney Young Fellow in the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Adjunct Professor of Classics and Ancient Studies at St Joseph's University, Philadelphia. She has published catalogues of collections of Etruscan antiquities as well as articles on Etruscan art, seafaring, votive offerings, and divination and medicine.
    Table of contents
    Part I. Background: 1. The Brontoscopic Calendar and its transmission; 2. Etruscan religion in the classical world; 3. An ominous time: thunder, lightning, weather, and divination; Part II. The Brotoscopic Calendar: Greek Text and English Translation; Part III. Thematic Analysis of the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar: 4. Analysis of the Brontoscopic Calendar; 5. 'Reptiles with trouble habitations' - weather, fauna, agriculture, pests; 6. 'Plague, but not exceptionally life-threatening' - health and disease; 7. 'The women and the slaves will carry out assassinations' - the society of the Brontoscopic Calendar; Part IV. Sources and Successors of the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar: 8. Mesopotamian influences and Near Eastern predecessors of the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar; 9. Other Brontoscopia in the classical tradition; 10. Conclusion: assessing the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar and its heritage.