Etruscan Rome

Rome is a group of villages at a very important trading location on the Tiber River. The powerful Etruscan people live north of Rome. They cannot help but notice their importance of Rome and its location. The Etruscans trade with peoples who live south of Rome. Rome and the Latin people live in between.

The Etruscans do the logical thing. They send forces to seize control of Rome. They do not want an important trading center in anyone else's hands. One of the more powerful Etruscan aristocratic families rules Rome. Family members declare themselves king of Rome.

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In history books the Etruscan rulers are called mean, cruel, and vicious. To hear the Romans talk about them they are near daemons.

A more balanced look at the Etruscan rulers suggests that is not entirely true. Except for the last Etruscan king, who got himself chased out of the city, these rulers were strict but reasonable. And the Etruscans did much to turn Rome into the powerful trading city it becomes.

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The famous Roman Forum, the first great temples and many of the public places were first created by those "evil" Etruscans. The Romans have always been quick to forget these facts. Evil rulers is all they say about the Etruscans. A mean and evil people. However, it is the Etruscans who make Rome a successful trading city. Etruscan goods come into the city. There they are traded for goods from Southern Italy. There, in Rome, the Etruscans buy goods from Southern Italy. Ant the people living in Rome take a cut of the money changing hands in this trade.

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This is not to say the Romans did not have real issues with the Etruscans. The Etruscans discriminated and were sometime brutal. Life was better, easier, happier for an Etruscan. The Romans were considered an inferior people. Not up to the level of the cultured Etruscans.

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