An unknown world full of gods and daemons, in conjunction with secret rituals: even in Antiquity, the cults and burial practices of the Etruscans were regarded as unique. Right up to the modern day, the discoveries from etruscan shrines and graves fascinate both scientists and lay-people. The temporary exhibition leads the visitor on a journey to this multi-faceted world of the religion of the Etruscan civilisation and its visions of the afterlife.
High-calibre archaeological finds from northern and central Italy offer a fascinating insight into the Etruscan culture and the realm of the gods of ancient Italy. Religion and cult were an integral part of everyday life for the Etruscans. For them, almost every aspect of daily life was impregnated by a deeply religious meaning. For the Etruscans, the events of each day were an expression of divine will, which determined both this world and the next.
The Romans were particularly interested in the Etruscans’ knowledge of augury, and the rituals around death. With the help of such acts, the Etruscans believed they could interpret and influence the will of the gods. The rich collections of grave goods in Etruscan graves bear witness to the idea of a further existence after death. For this, the deceased was equipped with everything they would need. The objects on exhibition from graves and religious sites enable a vivid insight into the daily life of women, nobles and warriors in Etruscan society.
An exhibition by the Archaeological Museum, Frankfurt in co-operation with the Museo Archeologico Nazionale Florenz, the Museo Etrusco Guarnacci Volterra, the Soprintendenza Archeologia della Toscana, Contemporanea Progetti GmbH, Florenz and Expona GmbH, Bozen
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The exhibition is under the auspices of Maurizio Canfora, Consul General of the Republic of Italy, Frankfurt am Main.