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October 12th, 2005

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06:45 pm - Etruscan Reliefs and the Priest
I'm looking at a few Etruscan reliefs today. The first has intrigued me since I first saw it: two young men wrestle a stag to the ground, the first with his arms around the animal's muscular neck and the other with one hand on an antler and the other on a back leg. The scene amazes me with action.

The second is a set of reliefs about the transit of the sun. I'm staring at them, seeing the story but unable to articulate it. The rising sun from the sea, the dawn, the transit, the morning star that precedes him, the stars that shine above, and the hero who this myth centers around.

When I see these reliefs, I see the stories. I watch them dance through my mind, scenes shifting and shaping before my mind's eye. I catch fragments of rituals that enact these scenes, these myths that the icons portray.

The Priest is slowly waking up.
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: "Railroad Lady", -JB

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Date:October 12th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
The Etruscians were amazing artists- especially with metals.

Remember that coin I gave you when I came back from Florence? I got it in Feisole, which has the ruins of a Roman bath & ampitheater. It was originally an Etruscian town & there were also ruins of the temple. I sat in it for over an hour. The energy the place still had was ... wow.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
I generally prefer thier architecture to their art, but certain things resonate.
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Date:October 13th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
I generally prefer thier architecture to their art

Do you have any favorite Etruscan architectural images or URLs lying around?
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Date:October 13th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Not off hand. . . But I'll see if I can find some.

My favourite temple plan is from the temple at Veii.

I hightly recommend Vitruvius' work, On Architecture, especially if you can get an illustrated edition. It's amazing what you can find in there.

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