On Tuesday 20 October 2009 the American Academy in Rome celebrated the publication of Symbols of Wealth and Power: Architectural Terracotta Decoration in Etruria and Central Italy, 640-510 B.C. by Nancy A. Winter. It is the latest installment, the 9th, in the Supplements to the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, published by the University of Michigan Press, and the most significant contribution to Etruscan architectural history in the last 70 years.
Nancy Winter presented on her new monumental book—some 728 pages—with Ingrid E.M. Edlund-Berry (FAAR’84) of the University of Texas at Austin as commentator. The audience included many of the leading ancient terracotta experts in the world, gathered in Rome for the conference Deliciae Fictiles IV at the Dutch Academy, as well as members of the AAR community.
Nancy Winter resides in Rome, and has made a massive and authoritative contribution to the study of roof systems and roof decorations in Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquity. For her scholarly contributions she has received many awards and grants, most recently a NEH Fellowship, and election as a foreign member to the Istituto di Studi Etruschi ed Italici. For many years—almost thirty in all—Winter served as Librarian of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Symbols of Wealth and Power is her fourth authored or edited book, with a fifth soon to follow.
After the presentations by Winter and Edlund-Berry, the entire audience visited the new archaeological study collection of the American Academy, where Elizabeth Gray Kogen, AAR Vice President for Development, formally announced its new name: The Norton-Van Buren Seminar Room. Nancy Winter immediately captivated the capacity crowd by explaining some highlights from the AAR’s rich collection of architectural terracottas.
Then on Friday 23 October the Academy hosted the second and final day of a conference organized by the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, to celebrate the 75th birthday of Professor Antonio Martina, who held the Chair of Greek Literature at the University until his retirement in 2006.
The conference focused on the relationship between local and panhellenic myths in Greek epic, and included speakers from Italy and the United States: Richard Janko (Michigan), Giovanni Cerri (Università Roma Tre), Paola Bernadini (Università di Urbino “Carlo Bo”), Ettore Cingano (Università di Venezia “Ca’ Foscari”), Massimo Giuseppetti (Università Roma Tre), Benjamin Acosta-Hughes (The Ohio State University), and Giulio Massimilla (Università di Napoli).
Anne Coulson, AAR Senior Programs Associate, served as chief coordinator for both the Nancy A. Winter and Antonio Martina events for the Academy’s Programs Department.