Spotlight Lecture

Full Series – The Etruscans: First Lords of the Italian Peninsula

With Dr Eireann Marshall

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Etruscans can rightly be called the First Lords of Italy as they ruled over much of the peninsula at the height of their power, in the 7th and 6th centuries BC. With their strange language and opulent artefacts, they have exerted a fascination over people since antiquity. Part of that appeal lies in the fact that, while Etruscans were so dominant for centuries, they were ultimately vanquished by a Rome which was so indebted to them. Yet again, what makes them so fascinating is that the Etruscans remain elusive. The word Etruscan itself derives from the name given to them by Romans, while they called themselves the Rasna. Many, since Herodotus, have speculated about their being immigrants from Lydia. Increasingly, scholars are aware of the enormous contribution Etruscans made to Rome, above all in religion but also in both art and architecture. Some of the most fundamental aspects of Rome, which we have inherited, derived from Etruscans, from words like person to their use of the toga. As influential as they were, Etruscans were ultimately subsumed in the Roman world, and their culture, along with their language, became Romanised.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

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