Annual Lecture

The Cinelli Lecture Series

In tribute to the Foundation’s founder Count Ferdinando Cinelli and his wife Sarah, The Etruscan Foundation has established The Cinelli Lecture Series, a permanently endowed annual lecture series offered through the Archaeological Institute of America’s Lecture Program.

Current Lecture
2017-2018 Rex E. Wallace is Professor of Classics with the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present the sixteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of Cincinnati, Ohio entitled, The Etruscan Stele of Vicchio on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6:00 PM in the Cincinnati Art Museum, Fath Auditorium, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
Lecture Abstract
In the summer of 2015, during the final day of the final excavation season at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla (the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project), researchers led by Professors Greg Warden and Michael Thomas made a remarkable discovery: a sandstone stele approximately four feet tall, two feet, 2 inches wide, and weighing 400 lbs. The stele was embedded in the foundation beneath the podium of an Etruscan temple built at the beginning of the 5th c. BCE. The stele belongs to the last half, or perhaps the last quarter, of the 6th c. BCE and is thus among the oldest inscribed stelae in the Etruscan corpus.
The stele was designed to be free standing; the lower portion of the stone was not finished and would have been inserted in the ground or a base. The upper portion was smoothed; the sides beveled and finished.
The recovery of the stele has generated much interest in the popular press and in scientific publications, both here and abroad, because it bears three inscriptions, one of which is quite long, running up and down the sides and over the top of the stone. Two additional inscriptions were incised on the face of the stone, one at the top and the other along the left side. The inscriptions provide clues to understanding the function of the stele and the social context in which it was embedded. This lecture, which presents an overview of the stele’s discovery and its physical condition, and a summary of difficulties associated with the reading and analysis of the inscriptions, proves to be a cautionary tale. Although finds such as the Etruscan Stele of Vicchio are spectacular, and make important contributions to our knowledge of Etruscan, the current state of our understanding of the language leaves us asking more questions than we can answer.
For additional information please visit the Cincinnati AIA Society: Cincinnati at http://www.classics.uc.edu/aia/index.php
or contact Dr. Antonis Kotsonas, kotsonas@ucmail.uc.edu. Additional program schedule information may be accessed at the Archaeological Institute of America website at: lecturers@aia.bu.edu or call (617) 358-4184 for AIA annual lecture program updates.


Past Lectures
2016-2017 Nicola Terrenato, PhD, the Esther B. Van Deman Collegiate Professor of Roman Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan will present the fifteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania entitled, The Earliest Gateway of Rome: Recent work at Sant’Omobono in the Forum Boarium at 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Cathedral of Learning, Room 249, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
2015-2016 Erik Nielsen, President Emeritus, Franklin University, Lugano, Switzerland will present the fourteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society of New York City, New York entitled, I Principi Etruschi di Murlo (The Etruscan Princes of Murlo) at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the “Casa” of the Friends of Italy (FAI), Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street , New York, NY 10011. Tel: (212) 998-8739.
2014-2015 Ili Nagy, PhD, Professor Emeritus from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington will present the thirteenth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society San Diego, California entitledVotive Terracottas in ther Archaeological Context: the Case of Cerveteri at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 13, 2015 at San Diego State University, SD State Arts & Letters Building, Room 101, San Diego, California 92115.
2013-2014 Lisa Pieraccini, PhD, The History of Art Department’s Visiting Scholar in Ancient Art at the University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California will present the twelfth lecture program for the Archeological Institute of America’s Society Milwaukee, Wisconsin entitles The Ever Elusive Etruscan Egg on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Sabin Hall / Room G90, 3413 North Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2012-2013 Alexandra Ann Carpino, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona will present the eleventh lecture program for the Archaeological Institute of America’s Society Nashville, Tennessee entitled Etruscan Faces: From the Symbolic to the Real on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Nashville Parthenon, 250 25th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203.
2011-2012 David Soren, Regents Professor of Anthropology and Classics at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona will present the tenth lecture program for the Central Arizona Chapter of the AIA Society entitled The Mysterious Sacred Spring of the Emperor Augustus on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM. The lecture will be held in Neeb Hall (room 105), 920 South Forest Mall, Arizona State University (Tempe Campus), Tempe, Arizona.
2010-2011 Dr. Francesco de Angelis, Associate Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology with the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia, University, New York will present the ninth lecture program for the Washington Society AIA entitled Myths and Social Life in Etruscan Tombs: The Hellenistic Urns from Chiusi on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM at Maggiano’s, 5333 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
2009-2010 Dr. Giovannangelo Camporeale, Presidente dell’Istituto di Studi Etruschi e Italici, of Florence, Italy will present the eighth lecture program for the Los Angeles, California AIA Society entitled Narrative, Myth, Society in the Early Etruscan Culture on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.The lecture will be free of charge to the public but a ticket must be obtained in advance to access the lecture program. Tickets are available either by phone (310) 440-7300 or via the Getty web site at: www.getty.edu/visit
2008-2009 Professor Nancy T. de Grummond of Florida State University presented the seventh lecture program for the Rochester, New York AIA Society entitledLooking at Divination: Themes of Prophecy in Etruscan, Greek and Roman Art on April 16, 2009 at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
2007-2008 Professor Jocelyn Penny Small of Rutgers University presented the sixth lecture program for the Dallas, Texas AIA Society entitled The Art of Etruscan Art on February 19, 2008 at the Meadows Museum, on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
2006-2007 Professor Richard De Puma of the University of Iowa presented the fifth lecture program for the Cleveland, Ohio AIA Society entitled Etruscan Goldon March 14, 2007 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, Ohio.
2005-2006 Professor P. Gregory Warden of Southern Methodist University presented the fourth lecture program for the Washington, DC AIA Society entitled Cult, continuity and cultural identity at the Etruscan settlement of Poggio Colla (Florence) on October 10, 2005 at the American University Faculty Club in Washington, D.C.
2004-2005 Professor Anthony Tuck of Tufts University presented the third lecture program for the Boston, Massachusetts AIA Society entitled The Singing Rugon March 18, 2005 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
2003-2004 Professor Helen Nagy of the University of Puget Sound presented the second lecture program for the Madison, Wisconsin AIA Society entitled Etruscan Demons of the Underworld on October 28, 2003.
2002-2003 Professor Richard De Puma of the University of Iowa presented the inaugural lecture program of the Ferdinando and Sarah Cinelli Lecture in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology for the Detroit, Michigan AIA Society entitled The Forgeries of Etruscan Art on April 10, 2003.