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The Etruscan word for a mask; murals in an Etruscan tomb depicting a masked man disguised as an animal, confronting a dog, and a man fleeing, have been taken by some as evidence of an Etruscan sport that may have influenced Roman games; though as Allen Guttmann observes, if this was at all the case, ‘it was probably upon the venations, in which men were matched against wild animals’ (Sports: The First Five Millennia, 2004).

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