2016 Rome-London Lecture: Grotte Scalina: a new monumental Etruscan tomb near Viterbo

Wednesday 9 March, 5.00 p.m. at Senate House (G22/26), London A lecture by Dr Vincent Jolivet (CNRS) Rediscovered at the end of the XXth century, and systematically excavated since 2011, the Etruscan tomb of Grotte Scalina offers an outstanding example of hellenistic rock-cut architecture on the grand scale. The façade – with its two porticated storeys, connected by two staircases, and crowned by a pediment – seems to have been inspired by the propylea of palatial architecture known from Pella and Vergina in Macedonia. The early date of its construction, and the fact that there are no similar monuments in South Italy, suggests direct relationships between Etruria and the Macedonia of Philip II or Alexander the Great. But the great banqueting hall of Grotte Scalina, equipped with six beds, derives, in an unique monumental form, from traditional Etruscan funerary architecture.   This collaborative venture is supported by the Institute of Classical Studies and the British School at Rome.