Etruscan Culture Essay by RightRiters

Etruscan Culture
A look at the artistic influence of ancient Roman inhabitants, the Etruscans.
# 23228 | 736 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 20, 2003 in Archaeology (Ancient History and Mediterranean) , Art (History)

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Before the notoriety of ancient Rome, Italy was the home of a nation called Etruria, whose inhabitants were known as Etruscans. Unfortunately, bitter Roman or ancient Greek historians have misconstrued the Etruscan legacy, in most cases tainting their accounts with a blatant anti-Etruscan bias. This paper considers why there exists such a lack of information about the Etruscans and further illuminates the extent to which surviving artwork offers insights into their culture.

From the Paper:

"From excavations at certain Etruscan sites, it is clear that art was a vital part of life. In Murlo, a seventh century Etruscan villa was unearthed revealing that large, painted terracotta panels typically adorned the entrances to buildings. Elaborate polychrome reliefs and frescoes indicate that the Etruscans used colour generously, even from the earliest times (Gore, 701)."

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