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The origins of the Etruscans

in The Etruscans

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780199547913
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779817 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199547913.003.0002

Series: Very Short Introductions

The origins of the Etruscans

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‘The origins of the Etruscans’ examines the debate surrounding the question of where the Etruscans came from. This debate has been prompted by evidence in ancient literary sources. There are three theories: the Etruscans came from Lydia; they were the same as the Pelasgians; they were native to Italy. However, Etruscan is not an Indo-European language, which is strange in Italy. The opposite approach to a migration hypothesis to a group’s origins is autochthony: the argument that a people had always been in a particular place. Perhaps the Etruscans were different because they had been local for so long.

Keywords: Dionysius of Halicarnassus; Etruscans; Herodotus; Lemnos; Trojan War; Troy

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

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