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Program Spring 2019

7 May - 18.00, The Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome 
XIII Lectio Boëthiana
Christopher Smith:
Etruscan Kings?

The Roman historical tradition was convinced that the Etruscans had kings, and moreover that their regal tradition influenced the development of power structures at Rome.  This persistent tradition feeds back into the interpretation of the architecture which Axel Boëthius studied so brilliantly and which the Swedish Institute at Rome has been so influential at uncovering.  So it is no surprise that we seek out the palaces of Etruria.  But what is this tradition based on and how reliable is it?  This paper will seek to rethink notions of leadership and magistracy in Etruria and Rome, and answer the question of in what sense Etruscan cities were ever ruled by kings.

31 January – 2 June, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm
Exhibition THE ART OF COPYING. Watercolours of Etruscan tomb paintings from the turn of the century 1900.

9-11 May, Capri
ll Mediterraneo e la storia III. Documentando città portuali. Program
Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Istituto Svedese di Studi Classici a Roma, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Università di Verona

Seminars at the Institute

Earlier events

4 March, The Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome, via Omero 14
Presentation of the project TRANSHUMANCE TRAILS AND RURAL ROADS. A European Network on Traditional Itineraries. Program

20-22 MarchThe Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome, via Omero 14

8-9 April, The Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome, The British School at Rome
International Conference Archeologia in Sicilia. Progetti di collaborazione internazionaleProgram

3 May, 17.00, The Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome
Round Table with the authors of FROM INVISIBLE TO VISIBLE. New Methods and Data for the Archaeology of Infant and Child Burials in Pre-Roman Italy and Beyond.

Seminars at the Institute

Research Seminar

Thursday January 16, 17.00

Dan Diffendale (American Academy in Rome): Rethinking Tuff in Regal and Republican Rome.

Did early Roman builders looking for cut stone turn to the most readily available sources, which could be quarried below their feet, or seek it from more distant sources capable of providing more suitable stone? What role did river transport play in selecting building stone at Rome? And what was the relative contribution of state- vs. privately-held quarries? I address these questions and sketch out the goals and methods of the QUADRATA (Quarry provenience and Archaeological Dating of the Roman-Area Tuffs in Antiquity) Project.





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