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The Etruscan Civilisation

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 29 September 2011

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Etruscan civilisation.

Around 800 BC a sophisticated civilisation began to emerge in the area of Italy now known as Tuscany. The Etruscans thrived for the next eight hundred years, extracting and trading copper and developing a sophisticated culture. They were skilled soldiers, architects and artists, and much of their handiwork survives today. They are also believed to have given us the alphabet, an innovation they imported from Greece. Eventually the Etruscan civilisation was absorbed into that of Rome, but not before it had profoundly influenced Roman art and religion, and even its politics.

With:

Phil Perkins
Professor of Archaeology at the Open University

David Ridgway
Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Classical Studies at the University of London

Corinna Riva
Lecturer in Mediterranean Archaeology at University College London.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    Graeme Barker and Tom Rasmussen, ‘The Etruscans’ (The Peoples of Europe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2000)

    Giuliano Bonfante and Larissa Bonfante, ‘The Etruscan Language: an introduction’, 2nd ed. (Manchester University Press, 2002)

    Larissa Bonfante, ‘Etruscan Dress’, 2nd ed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)

    Larissa Bonfante and Judith Swaddling, ‘Etruscan Myths’ (The Legendary Past, British Museum Press, 2006)

    George Dennis, ‘The Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria’, 3rd ed. (London: John Murray, 1883)

    Sybille Haynes, ‘Etruscan Civilization: a cultural history’ (London: British Museum Press, 2000)

    Jean-René Jannot, ‘Religion in Ancient Etruria’ (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005)

    D. H. Lawrence, ‘Etruscan Places: Travels Through Forgotten Italy’ (Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2011)

    Robert Leighton, ‘Tarquinia: an Etruscan city’ (London: Duckworth, 2004)

    Massimo Pallottino, ‘The Etruscans’ (Bloomington: Indiana University Press; Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin, 1975/1978)

    Philip Perkins, ‘Etruscan settlement, society and material culture in central coastal Etruria’ (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, S-788, 1999)

    Philip Perkins, ‘Etruscan Bucchero in the British Museum’ (London: British Museum Press, 2007)

    David Ridgway, ‘The world of the early Etruscans’ (Jonsered: Åström, 2002)

    Corinna Riva, ‘The Urbanisation of Etruria: funerary practices and social change, 700–600 BC’ (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

    Nigel Spivey, ‘Etruscan Art’ (World of Art, Thames & Hudson, 1997)

    Maia Sprenger and Gilda Bartoloni, ‘The Etruscans: Their history, art and architecture’, translated by Robert E. Wolf (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983)

    Stephan Steingräber, ‘Abundance of life: Etruscan wall painting’ (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006)

    Judith Swaddling and Philip Perkins (eds), ‘Etruscan by Definition. The cultural, regional and personal identity of the Etruscans: papers in honour of Sybille Haynes MBE’ (London: British Museum Press, 2009)

    Mario Torelli, ‘The Etruscans’ (Thames & Hudson, 2001)

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