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Research project

Greek myths in Etruscan Art

This subproject studies engraved scenes on Etruscan bronze mirrors.

Bouke van der Meer

Greek myths on Etruscan bronze mirrors with or without inscriptions are analyzed from the iconological point of view. Which sources were used? Visual, oral and/or literary ones? What was the meaning of the myths in the Etruscan context? Which kind of interpretatio etrusca can be discovered? And which alterations of themes are visible during the last six centuries B.C.? Research on epigraphical mirrors has been published in a monograph; anepigraphical mirrors are still dealt with. Current research focuses on the engraved scenes of 205 Praenestine pear-shaped mirrors and 90 cistae (ca. 360-280 BC).



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