Corinna Riva is Senior Lecturer in Mediterranean archaeology at University College London.
What initially sparked your interest in Etruscan archaeology?
The study of the ancient world through its literature and languages which I pursued as a teenager at my Classical high school in Italy.
Which individuals, events or forces are especially important in your area of history?
It would be easy to say that within Etruscan archaeology the impact of Rome on Etruria is one of the most important and interesting aspects to explore in this field, but I would say that the Etruscans’relations with their Greek and Phoenician/Punic neighbours are just as relevant and important.
Which areas of your field most urgently need further exploration?
As far as English-speaking scholarship is concerned, the relationship of Etruria with its Italic neighbours and Italic Iron Age archaeology, generally, beyond Etruria. This is an area that Italian archaeologists have been actively pursuing, but that remains neglected in the English-speaking world.
Which figure in history would you like to go back in time to meet and why?
I don’t think there is a single historical figure in my mind which I would like to meet, but several! If I had to pick one I would probably say Karl Marx; I would like to find out his views on the many ideas, thoughts and actions that were inspired by his writings throughout the 20th century.
What is your favourite book?
Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno by Italo Calvino.
The Urbanisation of Etruria: Funerary Practices and Social Change, 700–600 BC (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
Ancient Italy: Regions Without Boundaries (co-edited with G. Bradley & E. Isayev) (Exeter University Press, 2007)
Debating Orientalization: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Change in the Ancient Mediterranean (co-edited with N. Vella) (Equinox Press, 2006)