A necessary starting point is a brief overview of the problems connected with the nature of our sources, which include literary, material, and epigraphical evidence.
This thesis examines sigla found on a particular artifact, loom weights, from four sites in Etruria in an effort to interpret these marks
Imagery relating to communal dining or banqueting in ancient Etruria is relatively abundant and provides a useful source of potential information about the workings of Etruscan society, not least because of the semantic value of banquet scenes.
Until recent times, the idea of a human-animal hybrid belonged only in tales of folklore and fantasy and the realm of science fiction.
The Etruscan culture, as can be understood by the material remains, gave a higher status to women and their role in the family than did their Athenian contemporaries. The Romans eventually subsumed the Etruscan culture into their own and took on many Etruscan practices.
Aristocrats’ funerals celebrated their victories and enhanced their reputations. Emperors presented the games to show the public how much power they had. Among the gladiators were thousands of prisoners of war.
The history of the Etruscans is at the roots of Mediterranean culture and civilization, but their origin is still debated: local or Eastern provenance?
Herodotus says that the Etruscans came from Lydia. The question is whether this is correct. My answer is: yes, but the Lydians lived at that time (also) in another area.
The Romans prided themselves on their ability to embrace the very best aspects of each culture that they encountered. There was one culture in particular, however, that held their fascination: the Etruscans.