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Italian Language Meeting – October 27, 2021

October 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Gli etruschi

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

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.


October 27, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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St. Clement’s Church
1501 32nd Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144 United States
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2021-2022 Season

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. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these regulations and will continue to stay current as the season evolves. If things get better, we may be able to loosen up the current plans. But meanwhile, we ask that Dante members and those from our wider mailing list cooperate with the plans as outlined below. These are also in keeping with the rules provided by St. Clements, our new residence.

1) Mandatory proof of full vaccination is required for anyone attending any live Dante Meeting. This applies to members, presenters, cooks and guests. Please bring a photo or photocopy of your COVID card with you when you come to any meeting. Dante is not set up to offer secure web-site proof, where you can upload a photo, as some workplaces are able to do. Please just bring the photo on your phone or a photocopy of the card with you. We will make the check-in process as streamlined as possible, hopefully needing to screen your proof only once.

2) Obviously – 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.

3) Masks should be worn at all times at meetings except when seated for dining. This roughly follows the current Washington State rules for indoor restaurant dining and is in line with St. Clements current practice. We will have the windows and doors open as possible in our downstairs dining area. Presentations will take place in the upstairs sanctuary where there is more room for seating at distanced intervals. Presenters can unmask for their talks, as they will be distanced from those seated.

4) Those preparing and/or bringing food to meetings: please mask and wash hands in the preparation of food to be shared. Pre-Dante-Pasta chefs will stay masked in the kitchen. For anyone bringing antipasti or desserts: please portion for individual servings; avoid serving common dips, spreads etc. Food (including bread, cookies, etc) will be served with utensils. Hand sanitizer will be provided and we ask that we all use it each time we return to the table.

Thank you again for your understanding and observance of these guidelines. Let’s eliminate COVID contagion together!!!