So where did the Etruscans come from ? This is an on-going debate with scholars but their importance in Italy cannot be denied. From building temples whose architecture was later adopted and improved by the Romans, to building the water canals in Rome (still used today) to draining the swamps of the imperial forum, the Etruscans gave Roman its first King. But what of the Bolognese Etruscans ? What of their legacy ?
Let us start with some artefacts from the Archaeological museum of Bologna.
These are metal objects which were placed in the horses’ mouths and connected to the buckled strapes of the buckled straps of the bridle to control and direct the horses.
This are the finds from one of the biggest tombs found in Bologna. Its contents include a wooden framed throne, helmet, and pottery vessels used to dine. The pottery is of Grecian style. More notably, the pottery inscriptions are of Athenian artists who were probably brought to Felzna to teach local artisans how decorate the clay pots.
This three-legged table was damaged by archaeologists who tried to clean it using water -based products. The number three was considered to have magical powers.
These artefacts come from a tomb found in Giardini Margherita in Bologna. Believed to be a tomb of a Queen or princess. The fine pottery is from Athens and has been signed by the most famous Greek artist of the time. The figuries depict Homer’s Iliad.
A closer look at the terrecotta vase with depictions of Homer’s Iliad.
The shape of the eyes seem to suggest a Far Eastern heritage for the Etruscans
Very elaborate situala probably used to hold wine during the symposium banquets
Believed to be the back part of a mirror, one of the true masterpieces in the Museum of Archaeology of Bologna
Some scholars suggest that they were from Asia Minor who introduced a language with Greek characters but which to date is not been fully understood.