Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Chapter Twelve. Veiled and unveiled: Uncovering roman influence in hellenistic Italy

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Many of the terracotta votives so characteristic of sanctuaries in Central Italy during the Hellenistic period represent worshippers. In this chapter, the author questions the extent to which veiled-head votives, and indeed the veiled sacrifice itself, represent uniquely Roman forms of ritual, and to suggest an alternative reading. The idea that the spread of veiled votive heads symbolises the Romanisation of local ritual practices originates from the observation of Pensabene that veiled heads are commonest at Rome and in territory controlled by Rome, while unveiled heads predominate in southern Etruria and Campania. Despite the near-ubiquity of terracotta votives in Italy, not a single ancient author or epigraphic text informs us about the meaning these votive heads had for their dedicants, or the rituals surrounding their deposition. On the other hand, there is abundant literary evidence for the custom of veiling at Rome.

Keywords: Central Italy; Hellenistic period; local ritual practices; rome; southern Etruria; terracotta votives; unveiled heads; veiled votive heads



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Votives, Places and Rituals in Etruscan Religion — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation