Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans (Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras)
The Etruscans were the creators of one of the most highlydeveloped cultures of the pre-Roman Era. Having, at one time,control over a significant part of the Mediterranean, the Etruscanslaid the foundation of the city of Rome. They had their ownlanguage, which has never been totally decoded, and their artinfluenced such artists as Michelangelo. While the Etruscans wereeventually conquered by the Romans, they left a rich culturebehind. The Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans relates thehistory of this culture, focusing on aspects of their materialculture and art history. A chronology, introductory essay,bibliography, appendix of museums and research institutes, andhundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on importantpersons, places, events, and institutions provide an entry into acomparative study of the Etruscans.