The Etruscans

Ref: C3741311

Who were the Etruscans and where did they come from and who influenced their culture? Was it the Celts from Europe, or the Greeks? Virtually everything we today consider Roman was actually inherited from the Etruscans, including the toga and temple, as well as major elements of art, writing, religion, and government. And the Etruscans have left behind some of the most spectacular art that survives from antiquity, including rich gold jewellery, sophisticated bronze sculpture, and stunning painted tombs.

Course aim

The Etruscans transmitted Greek art and culture to the West and once ruled Rome itself, along with nearly the whole of Italy. From this crossroads of the Mediterranean, they fought wars and made alliances with Romans, Greeks, and Carthaginians .

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the influence of the Greeks and Celts from Central Europe
  • Understand and identify their influence on the Romans
  • Identify their unique burial customs and tombs in the cities of the dead
  • Identify the role of women and their place in the family unit
  • Outline their legacy in the Roman world

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • To support each lecture students will be given a CD containing a comprehensive set of handouts summarizing each lesson, a suggested reading list and a few questions to consider relevant to the lecture just given.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Etruscans


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