Thursday, September 18, 2008


A people who migrated, apparently from Asia Minor, to the north-west Italian peninsula during the during the late Bronze Age (c. 1500-1200). They were driven out of Italy by the Latin-speaking people in 509 BC, but not before passing on to the Latins, among other things, the alphabet (c. 700) which they had acquired from the Greeks and had developed to their own use. Little is known about the Etruscans. Although their alphabet is from the Greek, their language is unrelated, and has never been deciphered by modern research. Our lack of knowledge is due in part to the political stake which the Romans had in obliterating any record of the Etruscan history and culture. (Rose Folsum)

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