The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 10, 2014

byChristopher Smith

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From around 900 to 400 BC, the Etruscans were the most innovative, powerful, wealthy, and creative people in Italy. Their archaeological record is both substantial and fascinating, including tomb paintings, sculpture, jewellery, and art. In this Very Short Introduction, Christopher Smithexplores Etruscan history, culture, language, and customs. Examining the controversial debates about their origins, he explores how they once lived, placing this within the geographical, economic, and political context of the time. Smith concludes by demonstrating how the Etruscans have been studiedand perceived throughout the ages, and the impact this has had on our understanding of their place in history. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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From around 900 to 400 BC, the Etruscans were the most innovative, powerful, wealthy, and creative people in Italy. Their archaeological record is both substantial and fascinating, including tomb paintings, sculpture, jewellery, and art. In this Very Short Introduction, Christopher Smithexplores Etruscan history, culture, language, and...

Christopher Smith is Director of the British School at Rome, Professor of Ancient History at the University of St. Andrews, and was Visiting Professor at La Sapienza University. His research focuses on political, social, and constitutional writing. He has authored two books: The Roman Clan: The Gens from Ancient Ideology to Modern Ant...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:June 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199547912

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Origins of the Etruscans3. The Etruscan language4. Towards the Etruscan city-state5. The Villanovan revolution6. The Transformation of Etruria7. Etruscan tomb painting and Etruscan art8. Empire, Crisis and Renewal, 600-300 BC9. Etruscan religion10. The Roman Conquest11. Clothing, and the Etruscan body12. Imperial epilogue13. Etruscology: its origins and developmentFurther reading