In the 6th century the Romans rose in revolt against their Etruscan rulers and expelled them from the city.
In 396 B.C., the Romans attacked and destroyed the Etruscan town of Veii.
The Etruscan language has so far proved beyond translation; it was still spoken and written in the 1st century AD but no literature survives.
But the Etruscans were under constant pressure from communities to the north, and increasingly from Rome in the south.
What makes him warm to the Etruscans is their sensitivity.
A yet more disturbing instance of domestic violence is found in the patriotic legend involving Horatius, whose bravery, along with that of his two brothers, saved Rome from an Etruscan take-over.
For the Etruscans , armed combat between individuals was connected to religious practice. Men fought to the death beside the tomb of their chief in order to strengthen their spirits as well as the spirits of others.
The bold use of wall space, incorporating broader and heavier Roman and Etruscan elements, also characterizes Empire interiors.
The Tuscan people are justly proud of their ancestry right back as far as the Etruscans 3000 years ago.
Take for instance the story of Caius Mucius Scaevola, a man who was willing to risk anything to save Rome from an Etruscan attack.