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The Etruscans. Ms. Susan M. Pojer Horace Greeley H. S. Chappaqua, NY. Origin of the Etruscans. Between 900 and 500 BCE Called themselves the Rasenna , the Greeks called them Tyrrhenioi ; the Romans called them the Etruscans .

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Ms. Susan M. PojerHorace Greeley H. S. Chappaqua, NY


Origin of the Etruscans

  • Between 900 and 500 BCE
  • Called themselves theRasenna, the Greeks called them Tyrrhenioi; the Romans called them the Etruscans.
  • Came from eastern Mediterranean, possibly Asia Minor.
  • Their land was called Etruria.



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Etruscan Political System

  • Independent, fortified city-states.
  • Formed small confederacies.
  • Had a strong military that dominated all the surrounding peoples.
  • By 6c BCE, the Etruscan military had conquered much of the Italian peninsula,including Rome and the island of Corsica.

Etruscan Military

6c BCE Chariot

Bronze Warrior


Etruscan Writing

  • Most inscriptions found on tombs and monuments and mirrors.
  • We can pronounce Etruscanwords, because they use analphabet similar to Greek, but wehave no clue about their meaning.
  • Over 10,000 Etruscan inscriptions.

Etruscan Religion

  • Polytheistic.
  • Believed that the destiny of manwas determined by the whims of the gods.
  • Believed in prophecy and readingthe signs of nature by augurs.
  • Believed in predestination.

Etruscan Art

  • Art created for religious or utilitarianpurposes.
  • Most famous pieces created out ofterracotta.
  • Many murals and frescoes on tomb walls.
  • Lively depictions of life—dancing, games,music, and feasting.
  • Pottery at first copies of Greek works. Later, created their own bronze pottery.
  • Bronze crafts [mirrors, bowls, candelabra].

Dance, Dance, Spin !

Double Flutist