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Tarquin, Last King of Rome and Bloody Tyrant

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Roman Republic was moulded rather decisively by the fall of the monarchy. The Republic was designed to prevent the re-emergence of rule by a single person. Rome’s last monarch was Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (died 495 BC). His tyranny provoked a rebellion, and this was to lead

The Mysterious Etruscan Language

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Etruscan civilization was a crucial influence on the development of the Romans. For example, they influenced their social practices such as the Triumph and Gladiators and even their religion. The Etruscan language was also an influence on the development of Latin. However, we are still not

Etruscan Art: Not Just a Transition

By Ben Potter, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Many folks see the Etruscan civilization as merely a segue, a follow up to the Greeks and a foreshadowing to the Romans. But casting this ancient society as a sideline character might not do them enough justice. Indeed, despite the importance of Etruria (the wider region of the

The Mystery of the Etruscans

By Benjamin Welton “Etruria is the originator and mother of all superstition.” This was stated by Arnobius the Elder, a Christian apologist living during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian, who was a great persecutor of Christianity. By “superstition” he meant the Etruscan religion, which, along with Greek, was the primary influence on Roman