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Italian Language Meeting – October 27, 2021
October 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
When: October 27, 2021
Where: St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 1501 32nd Ave. S, Seattle 98144
Speaker: Albert Sbragia
Topic: Prima dei Romani . . . Gli Etruschi!
Gli etruschi costituirono la prima grande civiltà autoctona della pensiola italiana, con un territorio corrispondente all’incirca alla Toscana, all’Umbria e al Lazio settentrionale con propaggini nell’Italia del Nord e del Sud. Gli etruschi furono una potenza importante nel mare mediterraneo. Ebbero rapporti commerciali e artistici con i greci e con il mediterraneo orientale ed esercitarono una profonda influenza sulla prima civiltà romana. Popolo misterioso anche per i romani a causa della loro lingua non-indoeuropea e dei loro riti religiosi segreti la civiltà etrusca scomparve quasi del tutto dopo la conquista romana nei primi secoli avanti Cristo. Esploreremo questa affascinante civiltà, i suoi contributi alla civiltà’ occidentale e la sua arte.
Before the Romans… the ETRUSCANS
The Etruscans were the first great indigenous civilization of the Italian peninsula, whose territory corresponded more or less to contemporary Tuscany, Umbria and northern Lazio with extensions into northern and southern Italy. The Etruscans were an important power in the Mediterranean. They had commercial and artistic ties with the Greeks and the eastern Mediterranean and they exercised a profound influence on early Roman civilization. A mysterious people even for the Romans because of their non-Indo-European language and their secret religious rites, Etruscan civilization disappeared almost completely after the Roman conquest in the early centuries BC. We will explore this fascinating civilization, its contributions to Western civilization and its art.
Albert Sbragia is an Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Washington, member of the Cinema Studies program in the Department of Comparative Literature, and a faculty member of the European Studies program. His publications include a book, Carlo Emilio Gadda and the Modern Macaronic (University Press of Florida, 1996), and publications on 19th Century and 20th Century Italian literature and culture. His current research project is entitled “Modernity in Rome” and deals with urbanistic, literary, and visual constructions of the Italian capital from 1870 to the present. He also teaches in the Italian Studies program at the UW Center in Rome.
DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON
Live Meeting COVID Guidelines
Even as COVID variants continue to plague the population, we are trying to return to offering live meetings for Dante this season. We’ve all been longing for a return to shared meals, and since this is foundational to Dante activities, we want to make it possible. Following the guidelines and regulations now in place by many workplaces, public venues and community groups, the Dante Board of Directors has agreed to the guidelines listed below as an acceptable plan to keep us as safe as possible when meeting in person.
1) Please do not attend if you have been exposed to COVID, or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. We will make best efforts to record the presentations so that those who cannot attend in person can enjoy them afterwards. There will also be a few meetings presented on ZOOM instead of live this season, for all to enjoy like last year.
2) Masks are encouraged. Although no longer required, we encourage attendees to wear masks when not eating or drinking.
Thank you again for your understanding and observance of these guidelines. Let’s work together to control COVID!!!