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With so little of their own literature surviving, it is a difficult task to draw an intimate portrait of this colourful people called the Etruscans. Often, as Dr. Macanamara has done in this book, it is best to turn to the many fine Etruscan works of art and to the archaeological evidence. Thus we read of the cities and cemeteries of Etruria, some with tombs whose walls are still covered with marvellous paintings; and of the objects the Etruscans used from day to day. A selection of these works is illustrated in this book and helps us both to visualize the contemporary life of the Etruscans and, sometimes, to feel a response to their joys or sorrows of over two thousand years ago.

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