David Olmsted deposited Translation of Bronze Etruscan Piacenza Liver Reveals Liver Divination Practices (400 BCE) in the group Etruscan archaeology on Humanities Commons 1 year, 7 months ago
While liver divination was known to have been practiced by the ancients no one really know what that involved until now. This object is a bronze liver covered in writing which describes a divination result about the cause of a drought. This bronze liver was found in the northern Italian Po valley in 1877. The liver is divided into four main regions including one which provides divination results from the 5 known planetary powers plus the moon. Its text style is Mid-Etruscan dating to about 400 BCE while its language is the empire language of Alphabetic Akkadian which was the language of trade, temple and government. Akkadian lasted until it was replaced by Latin and Greek. The deities mentioned directly are the life-form revealer Yahu (Yahweh), the moon god Su, and the sun god Hu who also represented the life-growth network of the Ancient Pagan Paradigm.