ETRUSCAN CULTURE by Axel-et al Boethius
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It is rare to find a volume composed of the work of nine men whose fine scholarship is evident and who write in lucid styles and with excitement about their subject. The book is more remarkable owing to the excellent, carefully chosen photographs which are placed strategically throughout. In the first essay entitled ""The Etruscan Centuries in Italy"", Mr. Boethius demonstrates his far-reaching knowledge of the cultural changes as seen in the styles of art; he points out the various attitudes--under and over estimates-- toward Etruscan achievements which have shifted due to recent excavations and vogues in art. Among the remaining essays are studies of the Etruscan terrain, forest, and soil, a discussion of recent excavations by the Swedish Institute, and an analysis of Etruscan art through five centuries. There are 45 color plates, 474 black and white photographs, 46 drawings and plans, and 22 maps, including 8 in color and 9 aerial maps in color. The cost may cause some libraries to hesitate, but the high price is totally justified by the excellence and comprehensiveness of the book. The high standards of workmanship-- the binding, the fine paper, the artistic format-- are equal to the momentous volume-- which is exceptional in every respect.

Publisher: Columbia Univ. Press