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      The Etruscans come to life in exhibit

      Nov. 2, 2012

      The Pointe-à-Callière Museum in Old Montreal is presenting a unique and fascinating exhibit on the Etruscans, an ancient civilization that ruled the Tuscan region of Italy for nearly ten centuries.

      Eventually adsorbed into the Roman “melting pot,” the Etruscans were a people not to be reckoned with. Although their cities have all vanished, and not much is known about their origins, archeological discoveries have allowed historians to piece together a basic understanding of the Etruscans’ influence on religion, Roman institutions, and architecture.

      From the 9th to the 1st century BC, the Etruscans controlled a small but important territory in northern Italy blessed with fertile soil and mineral wealth. They were avid seamen and accomplished craftsmen. They spoke their own language, honored their own gods and goddesses, and considered women the equal opposites of men.

      The exhibit, entitled The Etruscans – An Ancient Italian Civilization, features over 200 objects from over a dozen museums around the world, including the Vatican Museum, Villa Giulia in Rome, the Florence Archaeological Museum, the British Museum, and the Louvre.

      The exhibit features jewelry, bowls, chalices, vases, sculptures, figurines, large murals, and architectural elements that showcase a civilization that celebrated life, honored the divine forces, and respected the dead. This is the first time that all these various artifacts are showcased together in one exhibit hall.

      The Etruscans – An Ancient Italian Civilization runs until November 25, 2012 at Pointe-à-Callière Museum, located at 350 Place Royale in Old Montreal.

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