This volume is a collection of papers derived from a 2009 colloquium on Etruscan and early Roman monumentality organized to mark the retirement of Ingrid Edlund-Berry from the University of Texas at Austin. Monumentality was a central theme in both Etruscan and early Roman architecture, and the origins of this commitment to colossal scale, as well as its related decoration, symbolic meanings, and necessary technologies, is a topic that lies at the foundation of the development of later Roman architecture. The subject of monumentality is not purely tectonic in nature; as Bruce Trigger has argued, the universality of monumentalism in the architecture of complex societies can be understood through its enduring reflection of power...

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