AO 7:03, May/Jun 2004
Editors Page: A Virtual Cornucopia
Sempre avanti! as the Italians say. Never look back! Archaeology Odyssey is now in the middle of its seventh year, and we are looking ahead (paradoxically by looking back into deep antiquity) to a series of exciting issuesbeginning with the one you hold in your hands.
Theres something inspiring about art historian Ingrid Rowlands meditation on Etruscan women (Etruscan Women: Dignified, Charming, Literate and Free). In a legacy of images, some sculpted in stone and some painted on the walls of tombs, our ancient female ancestors dine with men, read from folding wax tablets (ancient books) and participate in athletic eventsall done vigorously and gracefully, without apology. It seems that more than 2,000 years ago Etruscan women enjoyed a freedom of movement and thought denied to many women even today.