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Ancient Rome had deep roots in the 'Villanovan' culture that we call today the Etruscans. Their long-lived civilization can be traced to 900–750 BC in north-west Italy. They were a sea-faring people trading with and competing against Greek and Phoenician peoples, including the Carthaginians. They were also a great land-based power, especially in the 'Classical' period, where they expanded their power north into the Po Valley and south to Latium. In the 6th century BC an Etruscan dynasty ruled Rome, and their power extended southwards to the Amalfi coast. In 509 BC the Romans rose up to expel their kings, which began the long 'Etruscan twilight' when their power was squeezed by the Samnites and, most especially, the Romans.

Drawing on archaeological evidence including warrior tombs, paintings, sculptures, and fully illustrated throughout, this study examines one of the early rivals to Ancient Rome.

Table of Contents

Introduction – chronology * The Villanovan warrior culture – the Villanovan army * Arms and equipment of the Villanovan era: offensive weapons – defensive equipment: helmets, shields and armour – ranks symbols and insignia – clothing * The Classical and late Etruscan armies – organization * Arms and equipment: offensive weapons – defensive equipment: helmets, shields and armour – rank symbols and insignia – clothing * Chariots and cavalry * Select bibliography [Plate commentaries dispersed throughout].

Product details

Published 20 Sep 2018
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472828316
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 223
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Raffaele D’Amato

Raffaele D'Amato, PhD, is the author of some 40 bo…

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Andrea Salimbeti

Andrea Salimbeti has had a lifelong interest in an…

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Giuseppe Rava

Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took…

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