Thursday, June 04, 2009

Etruscan Tombs sign

Etruscan Tombs sign
Originally uploaded by linfrye
We began the day heading toward the wonderful town of Orvieto. En route, we stopped at the Etruscan tombs.

According to Wikipedia:

Etruscan civilization is the modern English name given to the culture and way of life of a people of ancient Italy and Corsica whom the ancient Romans called Etrusci or Tusci.[1] The Attic Greek word for them was Τυρρήνιοι (Tyrrhēnioi) from which Latin also drew the names Tyrrhēni (Etruscans), Tyrrhēnia (Etruria) and Mare Tyrrhēnum (Tyrrhenian Sea).[2] The Etruscans themselves used the term Rasenna, which was syncopated to Rasna or Raśna.[3]

As distinguished by its own language, the civilization endured from an unknown prehistoric time prior to the founding of Rome until its complete assimilation to Italic Rome in the Roman Republic. At its maximum extent during the foundation period of Rome and the Roman kingdom, it flourished in three confederacies of cities: of Etruria, of the Po valley with the eastern Alps, and of Latium and Campania.[4] Rome was sited in Etruscan territory. There is considerable evidence that early Rome was dominated by Etruscans until the Romans sacked Veii in 396 BC.

Visiting their tombs, now emptied save for spiders, was a fabulous experience. How very very ancient the stones, the footfalls upon the paths we trod ...

We were all enraptured with the play of history evidenced by this place!

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