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Etrusci, Etruria
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(Tusci), the Etruscans.

I. History

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A. Name

A people in Italy who, between the 9th and 1st cents. BC, created the highest form of civilization in the Western Mediterranean before Roman civilization prevailed over the same territory. Various popular names were applied to the E.: Rasna (or Graecized Rasenna) in Etruscan sources, Tyrrhenoi or Tyrsenoi in Greek sources, Turskus in Umbrian sources and Etrusci, Tusci or Lydii (according to Hdt. 1,94 because of their possible origin in Lydia) in Lat. sou…

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Camporeale, Giovannangelo (Florence), Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen), Naso, Alessandro (Udine) and Aigner-Foresti, Luciana (Vienna), “Etrusci, Etruria”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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