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The Etruscans

December 5 @ 11:00 am - December 12 @ 1:30 pm


Discover the mysterious people who lived in Central Italy and ended up being enveloped by the Romans.

The Etruscans are one of the more mysterious civilisations of Ancient Europe.  The Greeks and Romans are well  known but the influence of the Etruscans on them is less well known.  The course will look at the history of Etruria and the 12 Etruscans city states from the eighth century to the first century BC.  This history is difficult to piece together as it relies on the accounts of outsiders and archaeology filling in the blanks.  After the Romans took over rule of the Etruscan towns they continued to develop their own culture for some time until fully integrated.

We shall look at their religious beliefs and practices and how these changed over time as well as their culture and art as it survives from the magnificent tombs. Fortunately, many objects have been excavated and the British Museum has a particularly fine collection of them.


December 5 @ 11:00 am
December 12 @ 1:30 pm
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