Spotlight Lecture

The Arrival of the Etruscans – Saturday 11 December

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

In this lecture, we will explore who the Etruscans were, starting from their origins and including their language. Perhaps the most enduring fascination with the Etruscans is that they were clearly so powerful and yet we hear about them only from Greek and Roman writers who were often hostile towards them, not to say ignorant about them. It is apparent to us today that Etruscans derived from a culture that we know today as the “Villanovan Culture”, suggesting that they indigenous to Italy despite their language not being Indo-European. Greek writers called them Tyrrhenian and described them as pirates, which gives us a hint about their sea faring prowess. They were merchants who traversed the seas providing the Mediterranean with important metals.

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.

Event Details

Date: 11 December 2021

Start time: 09:00 GMT

End time: 10:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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