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eBook The Etruscans (History of civilisation) ePub

by Michael Grant

  • ISBN: 0297777483
  • Category: Ancient Civilizations
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Michael Grant
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson (1980)
  • Pages: 317
  • ePub book: 1471 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1722 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 838

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Michael Grant describes how, when Etruscan civilization burst into flower, among its most characteristic products .

Michael Grant describes how, when Etruscan civilization burst into flower, among its most characteristic products was a wealth of splendid jewels. The Expansion of the Etruscan City States. Michael Grant describes how the most essential single fact in the whole history of the Etruscans was their division into separate city states. Roman Portrait Busts. Michael Grant describes how, in their portrait-heads, which reveal an extraordinary grasp of the subject’s personality, Roman sculptors ‘created one of the outstanding arts of all time’. The Hellenistic World.

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Michael Grant is the cocreator and cowriter of the bestselling middle-grade science fiction series Animorphs and Everworld. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

Traces the history of the Etruscan city-states and their achievements in art, agriculture, politics, and trade.

The author begins with a discussion of the formation and history of the Etruscan states (I), beginning with the importance of metals to the formation of many of these states (1), and then moving on to the creation of the cities as combinations of villages (2), the decisiveness of Greek influences in leading to the formation of.

An intelligent, beautifully illustrated and fascinating study of a culture I became fascinated with after visiting the Etruscan Museum in Rome. I learned so much about this lost - and amazing - civilization, especially how the people lived and died.

The Etruscans Once Again - Michael Grant: The Etruscans. History of Civilisation. Pp. xv+317; 56 plates, 24 maps. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1980. The Etruscans Once Again - Michael Grant: The Etruscans.

Etruscans settle Capua (late 8th C BC; 17 m. N of Neopolis), dominate area but not Cumae Etruscans create routes . N of Neopolis), dominate area but not Cumae Etruscans create routes to southern areas and est. harbors along way, start to subject small cities to their rule in Latium (incl. The Gallic Invasion and Its Aftermath Celtic Gauls moved out of central Europe in 6th/7th C and crossed Alps in 5th to Cisalpine Gaul (expelled Etruscans). Some moved to Po Valley under king Brennus and drove into Italian peninsula in 387386. Rome confronted them at Allia (largest force ever) and were routed by quick cavalry.

Comments

Frlas Frlas
History based on archaeology tends to be uninformative and boring, and this book was no exception. The most interesting thing I learned in this book was that the Etruscans, unlike the rational, humanist Greeks, believed in the essential frailty and nullity of human existence in the face of the divine power. They were warlike, aggressive, and cruel, and judging from their tombs and funerary art they seemed to have an appreciation for the afterlife, but other than this the author sheds no real light on what kind of people they were. For the most part the book dwells on art, pottery, and ruined edifices. A mere catalogue of artifacts could have been reduced to a monograph and scarcely merits a 250-page exposition, in my opinion.
Wizard Wizard
In his brief introduction to the 1997 edition of this book, Grant noted that nothing truly major had changed in our understanding of the Etruscans between then and the book's original 1980 appearance. Taking a quick and very layman look at the Wikipedia and other sources on the Internet, that still seems to be true - with the exception of genetic studies of that seem to support Herodotus' contention of an Asia Minor origin for the Etruscans.

However, the whole question of Etruscan origins seems to annoy professional Etruscanologists. Etruscans became Etruscans in Italy regardless of where the people migrated from they argue. Besides, Grant points out the linguistic, logistical, and cultural evidence arguing against accepting Herodotus' claim of a migration from Lydia forced by famine.

The problem with studying the Etruscans is we have to rely on Roman and Greek sources. Besides badmouthing their morals - particularly the freedom women were allowed, fat Etruscan men, and creating stories of them as perpetual enemies of Rome, they also distorted our view of Etruscan politics and culture. There never was, argues Grant, an Etruscan League in any sense but a group that held periodic religious festivals. Instead, Grant organizes his book around the idea of Etruscan city states. These city states had satellite cities and sometimes warred with each other. They differed in their economic basis - though the wealth of most Etruscan cities was based on iron, copper, and tin which drew trade with Greek cities and the Carthaginians. Their burial customs varied as did the output of their artisans.

However, they were bound together by language and cultural similarities and probably the activity of political adventurers who founded new cities or overthrew the rulers of old ones and formed alliances with Greek colonies and, of course, Rome. The Eternal City itself was under Etruscan kings - for how long is a matter of dispute. The ambitious, most famous Etruscan of all - Lars Porsenna - may have actually taken Rome and set up its first consuls as his clients.

In the first part of the book, Grant lays out the influences that shaped Etruscan art, how villages consolidated into cities in the eighth century BC, and the Etruscan expansion north and south in the Italian peninsula. The second part of the book is a detailed look at the seven major Etruscan city states. Grant covers their art, economic wealth, and history. Particularly interesting are the cities of Clusium, with whom Rome had a long and cordial relationship, and Veii, Rome's nearest Etruscan neighbor and frequent rival. It was Veii's destruction at Roman hands in 396 BC that signaled - particularly when other Etruscan cities did not come to its aid - dominance of the peninsula passing from Etruscan to Roman hands.

It would be entirely possible to read just the last chapter, "Summing Up", and get a pretty good idea of Etruscan history and the problems pinning down their origins as a people if not a culture. The book ends with a four page chronological table showing simultaneous events in Etruria, South Italy and the Greek West, Latium and Rome, North Italy, Greece, and Phoenician and Carthaginian centers.

The book's maps are particularly good. All the places mentioned in the text - including those outside of Italy - are shown with each Etruscan city state getting its own territorial map. Of special interest, given their importance to Etruscan wealth, security, and trade, are navigable rivers and harbors which no longer exist in modern Italy.

The book's photos are all black and white, frankly inferior to stuff you can find on the internet. And you can find a lot of the historical and archaeological information there too. But those looking for a concise summary or just admirers of Grant's lucidity may still want to check this book out.
Ddilonyne Ddilonyne
I wanted to know more about the Etruscans: however, this book was so durned dry and boring that I did not get anything out of it. If time has buried all traces of the Etruscans, then certainly this book simply exhumed the remains and reinterred them.