Etruria

Ancient Etruria occupied more or less the territory occupied by the modern Italian region of Tuscany. The Etruscans spoke a language that doesn’t appear to be Indo-European, and already in ancient times there were various theories about where they might have originally come from. However, archaeological evidence suggests that they were indigenous to Italy. Their language was eventually supplanted by Latin.

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.

A bronze panoply from Porano

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A bronze panoply from Porano

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Recovered from the painted Etruscan tombs at Porano, near Orvieto, is a bronze panoply of the third quarter of the fourth century BC.

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.

The brothers Vibenna

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The brothers Vibenna

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The story of the brothers Vibenna occupies the space between Etruscan myth and Roman history.

A Laconian cup from Vulci

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A Laconian cup from Vulci

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A beautiful Laconian cup depicts Arcesilaus II, the King of Cyrene, overseeing the weighing and loading of goods.