In some cities, the aristocracy looked to Rome for assistance against the restless slave class. The Carthaginians and Etruscans reasserted control over Corsica, and Etruscan might was to hold firm for another quarter of a century.
Some small towns disappeared during the 6th century BC, ostensibly consumed by greater, more powerful neighbors. However, there is no doubt that the political structure of the Etruscan culture was similar, albeit more aristocratic, to Magna Graecia in the south.
The Architecture of the ancient Etruscans was derived from that of the Greeks, and went on to influence that of early Rome.
The Greek heroes taken from Homer also appear extensively in Etruscan art. But their character and mythology often differed sharply from that of their Greek counterparts. Etruscan fashion also had many unique elements such as a hem-length braid down the back 7th century bcepointed-toe shoes c.
Bucchero is the indigenous pottery of Etruria and has a distinctive, almost black glossy finish. Etruscan cities, like Rome itself, may have begun to remove their kings at this time and to operate under an oligarchic system with elected officials from powerful noble families.
A separate Etruscan culture distinguishable from that of the possibly ancestral Villanovan people emerged in the beginning of the 8th century BC, evidenced by the inscriptions in a script similar to that used for Euboean Greek.
Descending from the Apennines the proto-Osci settled in the areas of present day Campania at the beginning of the 1st millennium BC, or even before.
Frescoes show its ruler, Hades Etruscan Aitawearing a wolf-skin cap and sitting enthroned beside his wife; demons and monsters populate this sphere. Of a different order are the spectacular finds from the site of Poggio Civitate Murlo near Siena, where excavations begun in have revealed a huge building of the Archaic period with rammed earth walls, measuring about feet on each side and featuring a large court in the middle.
Their own myths explained the lore as having been communicated by the gods through a prophet, Tages, a miraculous child with the features of a wise old man who sprang from a plowed furrow in the fields of Tarquinii and sang out the elements of what the Romans called the Etrusca disciplina.