Etruscans

The Etruscans were an ancient people living in what are today the Italian regions of Tuscany, western Umbria, and northern Lazio. They had their own language, attested in inscriptions from ca. 700 BC onwards. They were assimilated by the Roman Republic from the fourth century BC onwards.

The aspis

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The aspis

A global shield

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A round shield, with a double grip, swept the Mediterranean by storm. But why did this happen?

Crocifisso del tufo

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Crocifisso del tufo

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Near Orvieto, in the Italian region of Umbria, there are the remains of an Etruscan necropolis that dates to the sixth century BC. The site is today known as Crocifisso del tufo.

The Etruscan well in Perugia

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The Etruscan well in Perugia

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The centre of Perugia’s upper town features an ancient Etruscan well that dates back to the third century BC and is open to visitors.

Etruscans in Perugia

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Etruscans in Perugia

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The archaeological museum of Perugia without a doubt houses the largest collection of Etruscan objects in Umbria.

Achilles' slaying of Troilus

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Achilles' slaying of Troilus

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According to prophecy, Troy wouldn’t fall until a number of conditions had been met. One of them was the death of the Trojan prince Troilus.

Painted tombs from Porano

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Painted tombs from Porano

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The archaeological museum of Orvieto features wall-paintings from Etruscan tombs found in the nearby village of Porano.