Nearly 3000 years ago, a tribe of
people called the Latins lived in a small village on the Tiber River.
This village grew to become the famous city of Rome.
Around 900 BCE, a mysterious group of
people arrived on the Italian peninsula. Nobody knows where they come
from, but archaeologists believe they probably arrived from Asia
The Etruscans must have known the
Greeks. Their alphabet was based on the Greek alphabet. Their gods
looked like humans, just like the Greek gods. But the Etruscans were
not Greeks. From the artifacts they left behind, scientists are fairly
certain that in the Etruscan culture, women and men were fairly equal
in status. That was certainly not the Greek way of life.
The Etruscans organized their towns
into city-states, each ruled by a king. The city-states worked
together in a league - the Etruscan League.
The league began to trade with
people in the east and people along the African coastline. Their
trade routes included the tiny village on the Tiber River. Even in
very early times, Rome was a busy place. The early Romans (the
Latins) learned a great deal from the Etruscan traders.
While the Etruscans were building
their own civilization, the city of Rome grew more powerful. Soon,
Rome was a center of trade and commerce. Some of Rome's early
kings were Etruscans.
at the Bridge (Rome for kids)