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Nancy A. Winter
American Academy in Rome (New York, NY 10021-4905)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 12/31/2006

Decorative Systems of Etruscan Terracotta Roofs, 640-510 BCE

The fired clay roofs of the Etruscans are technically advanced and among the most visually exciting roofs in the ancient world, often providing evidence for buildings that leave no other traces. Painted sculpture and relief friezes, added to functional elements, give these roofs an exceptionally decorative quality. At least five major decorative systems dating 640-510 b.c.e. have been identified. For the first time, all roof elements are collected, discussed and illustrated as parts of individual roofs rather than as isolated objects, and placed within their architectural, chronological and historical context. A new picture emerges that impacts our understanding of the daily life and religion of this important ancient culture.