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The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction

Christopher Smith

May 2014

ISBN: 9780199547913

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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The Etruscans (c. 900 - 400 BC) were a highly sophisticated and wealthy elite. Christopher Smith explores their archaeological record and the myths that remain about their existence. Placing the Etruscans within the context of the historical period and geographical location, he looks at how they have been perceived and received throughout history.

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The Etruscans (c. 900 - 400 BC) were a highly sophisticated and wealthy elite. Christopher Smith explores their archaeological record and the myths that remain about their existence. Placing the Etruscans within the context of the historical period and geographical location, he looks at how they have been perceived and received throughout history.

  • Considers the available archaeological evidence of the Etruscans to tell the story of the people, the place, and the time they lived in
  • Emphasizes the ways in which the Etruscans have been received and presented, both in ancient times and in the present day
  • Places the Etruscans in the wider context of the historical period
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Christopher Smith, Director of the British School at Rome and Professor of Ancient History, University of St. Andrews

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 Anthropology (Cambridge 2006) and Early Rome and Latium: Economy and Society c. 1000 to 500 B C (Oxford 1996).

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:The Origins of the Etruscans
    3:The Etruscan language
    4:Towards the Etruscan city-state
    5:The Villanovan revolution
    6:The Transformation of Etruria
    7:Etruscan tomb painting and Etruscan art
    8:Empire, Crisis and Renewal, 600-300 BC
    9:Etruscan religion
    10:The Roman Conquest
    11:Clothing, and the Etruscan body
    12:Imperial epilogue
    13:Etruscology: its origins and development
    Further reading

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