Symbols of Wealth and Power

Architectural Terracotta Decoration in Etruria and Central Italy, 640-510 B.C.
Nancy A. Winter

The new definitive text on Etruscan terra-cottas


Although initially intended for the innovative, if prosaic, purpose of providing waterproof and fireproof cover for earlier thatch-roofed homes, fired clay tiles, in seventh- and sixth-century Etruria and Central Italy, combined with Etruscan love of adornment to create exceptional domestic and religious building decoration. Featuring statues and figured friezes of humans, animals, and mythological figures intended to convey the status of the owner or dedicator, the surviving terracotta roofs provide important insights into the architectural history of Etruria. With Symbols of Wealth and Power, Nancy A. Winter has provided a definitive overview of the evidence for these roofing elements that will enhance our knowledge of Etruscan---and more broadly, ancient---architecture.

Jacket illustration: Tuscania, Ara del Tufo, 560–550 B.C.

Nancy A. Winter is an archaeologist and former librarian of the American School of Classical Studies, Athens. She is the author of Greek Architectural Terracottas: From the Prehistoric to the End of the Archaic Period (1993).

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Product Details

  • 8.5 x 11.
  • 728pp.
  • 247 line drawings, 33 plans, 213 B&W photographs, 4 color illustrations.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2009
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-11665-2

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  • Etruscans, Architectural terracottas, Terracotta roofs, Etruscan architecture, Etruscan sculpture, Ancient architecture, Ancient sculpture, Roof decoration, History of architecture, Ancient Italy