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The Etruscans

Christopher Smith

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780199547913
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779817 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199547913.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

The Etruscans

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This book explores Etruscan history, culture, language, and customs and examines the controversial debates about their origins, placing them within the geographical, economic, and political context of the time. From around 900 to 400 bc, the Etruscans were the most innovative, powerful, wealthy, and creative people in Italy. Their settlements were powerful, and their influence extended into northern and southern Italy, including Rome. Their archaeological record is both substantial and fascinating, including tomb paintings, sculpture, jewellery, and art. However no literature of their own has survived, so we have to understand them entirely through the eyes of contemporary and later ancient writers. This account seeks to understand the way the Etruscans were perceived and described, and also to insist on the possibility of a diachronic historical understanding of their civilization. The volume ends with an account of the influence of the Etruscans from the middle ages on, showing how the distinct discipline of Etruscology has grown up, and what may be its future.

Keywords: Julius Caesar; Dionysius of Halicarnassus; Emperor; Etruscans; Greek; Herodotus; Phoenicians; sarcophagus; Trojan War; villa; Villanovan Culture

Book.  168 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE) ; Classical History ; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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The Etruscan language in The Etruscans

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The Villanovan revolution in The Etruscans

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