Cult and its State Financing - in an Etruscan Res Publica

Fehér, Bence (2003) Cult and its State Financing - in an Etruscan Res Publica. Acta Antiqua, 43 (1-2). pp. 37-46. ISSN 0044-5975

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The gold sheets from Pyrgi are mostly interpreted as a testimony of Carthaginian political influence on the city of Caere. We need not interpret the Etruscan-Punic bilingual text inevitably so, because its dates are obscure, but seemingly each text is dated in the manner of the actual party, and they are roughly corresponding. The only important difference shows that the leader of Caere, Ti. Velianas held his sway as a monarch in foreign affairs, but he retained the appearance of the libera res publica in internal policy. The unparalleled Etruscan text, according to a new interpretation of the first sentence, says that Ti. Velianas maintained the rites of the Juno-Astarte sanctuary out of his private property with a temple foundation. It says also that the performance of the cult was connected with a vaticination. These facts show that the cult was more independent from the Carthaginians than it was supposed and we may guess by which means the autocrat of Caere used his power.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PA Classical philology / klasszika-filológia
Depositing User: xKatalin xBarta
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 08:45
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 08:45

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