publication . Article . 2020

Greeks, Etruscans, and Celts at play

Ulrich Schädler;
English
  • Published: 11 Dec 2020
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
Abstract
International audience; With the Etruscan expansion to the Po Valley in the second half of the 6th century BC the Etruria Padana became an area of intercultural exchange between Greece in the East, the Celtic world in the North and West, and central Etruria and other Italian peoples in the south. The Etruscan population welcomed not only Greek goods but also adopted elements of Greek culture and lifestyle – including games. Since the second half of the 5th century, a century before the Celtic expansion to Northern Italy, people of Celtic origin installed themselves in the region and, to judge from the burial customs, apparently got well integrated into Etruscan society.In Etruscan and Celtic graves such as those around Bologna and Spina near Ferrara gaming material such as dice, counters, pebbles, and cowries has been found in great quantities. As far as the history of games is concerned this material may add to a better understanding not only of the games played by the Etruscans of the Certosa period, but also of the possible adoption of Greek games in the Po Valley and their transmission to the Celtic world.; Avec l’expansion étrusque dans la vallée du Pô dans la seconde moitié du VIe siècle av. J.-C., l’Étrurie Padane est devenue une zone d'échange interculturel entre la Grèce à l’est, le monde celte au nord et à l’ouest, et l’Étrurie centrale et les autres peuples italiens au sud. La population étrusque a accueilli non seulement des produits grecs, mais aussi des éléments de la culture et du mode de vie grecs, y compris des jeux. Depuis la seconde moitié du Ve siècle, un siècle avant l’expansion celtique vers le nord de l’Italie, des personnes d’origine celtique se sont installées dans la région et, à en juger par les coutumes funéraires, se sont apparemment bien intégrées dans la société étrusque.Dans les tombes étrusques et celtiques comme celles de Bologne et Spina près de Ferrare, on a trouvé en grande quantité du matériel de jeu comme des dés, des pions, des cailloux et des cauris. En ce qui concerne l’histoire des jeux, ce matériel peut contribuer à une meilleure compréhension non seulement des jeux joués par les Étrusques de l’époque de Certosa, mais aussi de l’adoption possible des jeux grecs dans la vallée du Pô et de leur transmission au monde celtique.
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free text keywords: Games, dice, counters, pebbles, cowries, Etruscans, Celts, Greeks, Spina, Bologna, Po Valley, Jeux, dés, pions, cailloux, cauris, Étrusques, Celtes, Grecs, Bologne, vallée du Pô, [SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences, [SHS.ARCHEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Archaeology and Prehistory, [SHS.EDU]Humanities and Social Sciences/Education, [SHS.HIST]Humanities and Social Sciences/History, [SHS.MUSEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Cultural heritage and museology, Library and Information Sciences, Information Systems, General Medicine, Strategy and Management, Ancient history, Northern italy, Dice, History, Greeks, Celtic languages, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Period (music)
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Locus Ludi
Locus Ludi: The Cultural Fabric of Play and Games in Classical Antiquity
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 741520
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-ADG
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