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.
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.
The archaeological museum of Orvieto features wall-paintings from Etruscan tombs found in the nearby village of Porano.
On the northern side of the cliff face of the town of Orvieto, in Umbria, lies Crocifisso del Tufo, an ancient Etruscan necropolis.
A view across the Etruscan necropolis known as Crocifisso del tufo near Orvieto. It dates to the sixth century BC.
Scholarship has tended to downplay the promiscuity of Etruscan women as described by Greek sources. But with evolving modern sexual sensibilities, perhaps a different approach is required.
I hope to write a number of pieces for Ancient World Magazine about women in pre-Roman Italy over the next year, so consider this the first of a much more ambitious project.
The story of the brothers Vibenna occupies the space between Etruscan myth and Roman history.
Even though the ancient Mediterranean was rife with piracy, relatively few pirates are known to us by name.
There’s been lots of talk lately about immigration. Here’s a look at the topic from the point of view of early Rome.
The new Classical department at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden turns out to be a bit of a disappointment. It raises an important question: what should an archaeological museum look like?