Visiting the gallery
Encounter the diverse world of ancient Italy in the first millennium BC before the rise of Rome.
The wide range of objects in Room 71 illustrates life and beliefs in pre-Roman Italy. Chief among its ancient peoples were the Etruscans who flourished in central Italy between the eighth and first centuries BC.
The Etruscans were famed in antiquity for being devoutly religious, for their metalworking, their love of music and banqueting, and the independence of women. Their elaborate funerary customs reflect a strong belief in the afterlife and have left us much evidence for elite lifestyles.
The Romans, with their greater military strength and unity, overcame the different peoples of Italy one by one, but they learned much from the Etruscans.