C 4. Greek vases, Etruscan context

The presence of Greek vases in Etruria remains a central topic in the study of the interrelation of cultures in the Ancient Mediterranean World. Recent scholarship on the subject has been oriented towards an understanding of the mechanisms of the diffusion of attic vases in the West, the organization of the trade and the response of the “consumers” of Greek pottery to the ideological, cultural and religious messages invested in those objects by their producers. The present session will deal more specifically with the impact of imagery found on Greek pots on local artistic production (on the choice of subject matter as well as on the narrative techniques employed), and will focus on the relationship between local versus imported pottery, especially in terms of value and symbolic function. The session will also contribute to the examination of available archaeological data, and to a sharper theoretical definition of the cultural impact of imports in Etruscan society. In the other end of the spectrum, a part of the discussion will treat more specifically with the role of middlemen in the choices of the producers, as regards shapes, techniques and iconography.


  1. Cornelia Isler-Kerényi (Independent Researcher)

Dioniso ad Atene, dionisismo in Italia

  1. Dimitris Paleothodoros (University of Thessaly)

Etruscan Black-figure in Context

  1. Sian Lewis (Saint Andrews University)

Images of Craft on Athenian Pottery: Context and Interpretation

  1. Vincenzo Bellelli (CNR – Istituto di Studi sulle civiltà italiche e del Mediterraneo antico)

L’impatto del mito greco nell’Etruria orientalizzante: la documentazione ceramica

  1. Vladmir Stissi (Free University of Amsterdam, Holland)

Greek, Etruscan or Central Mediterranean? The roles of Greek pottery in Etruscan sanctuaries compared to its home-land