Around 900 BCE, a new group of
people arrived on the Italian peninsula. Nobody knows where they come
from, but archaeologists believe they probably emigrated from
The Etruscans alphabet was based on the Greek alphabet.
The Etruscan gods
looked human, like the Greek gods. But the Etruscans were
not Greeks. Their language was different, and unlike the Greeks,
they treated women like equals.
Like the Greeks, the Etruscans organized their towns
into city-states and the city-states worked
together in a league - the Etruscan League.
The league of city-states mostly
cooperated in trade and in war, although sometimes they fought each
other. Their trade routes included a small town on the Tiber
river, the village of Rome. The Romans were Latins, not
Etruscans, and were not a member of the Etruscan League.
However, in the early days of Rome, when Rome was a kingdom, the Romans did have many Etruscan
kings. As Rome grew stronger, the power of the Etruscans
grew weaker. Soon, the Etruscan
League was gone.
at the Bridge (Rome for kids)