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ON THE COVER Outside of tombs, few examples of Etruscan architecture have survived the ages. However, we know that their buildings must have been colourful and highly decorated from the numerous fragments that have come down to us. Made in ca. 490 BC, this antefix (a decorative element used to cap a row of ceramic tiles on a roof) has been decorated with the face of a woman, which may represent the goddess Juno. The figure wears a diadem and earrings, while the hair on her forehead has been fashioned into tight curls.
THE ETRUSCAN LEGACY Before Rome ruled Italy, control of the region was divided among a multitude of peoples. Wealthy and sophisticated, the Etruscans were one of the most prominent: many aspects of their culture would later be absorbed by the Romans.
Cosmopolitan Etruria International ties in central Italy
Lovers of life & luxury Etruscan society and daily life
Aristocratic adventurers Kings & warlords in archaic Italy
China reaches west The making of the Silk Road
Ancient cooking Dining with the Etruscans
Gallienus Death and megalomania
Preliminaries What's new in ancient history
Etrusca disciplinia Reconstructing an ancient religion
Further reading More books on Etruscan civilization
Hollywood Romans Gladiator (2000)
The city of lost tombs Death & rebirth in ancient Memphis
Ancient History travels Ancient Romans in Verona
THUNDERSTRUCK Predicting the future (in sometimes novel ways) was a cornerstone of Etruscan religion.
WELL-TRAVELED During the Han Dynasty, Chinese explorers looked for wealth and allies in the west.
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