Etruscan Orientalization is a critical tour de force in both classical studies and the context of decolonial thought. It leads the reader to understand that the West came into being through cultural encounters, and thereby adjusts the perspectives on the Western claim of superiority.

The book is divided into seven short sections, including the introduction and the conclusion. The first section, titled “Beginnings of Art Historical Periodization,” is a survey of the antiquarian and art-historical works on Etruscan art during the eighth century. It shows the nature of the relationship between the East and Etruria prior to the development and use of “Orientalizing” as a term. Section 2 explores the origin of Western civilization and how Etruscan origin challenges the prevailing position that the cultural precedent and birthing ground for Western civilization is pre-Roman within the borders of Europe. The third section discusses the emergence of “Orientalizing as a term.”...

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