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An ancient country of west-central Italy in present-day Tuscany and parts of Umbria. It was the center of the Etruscan civilization, which spread throughout much of Italy before being supplanted by Rome in the third century bc.

E·tru′ri·an adj. & n.
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In my judgment, the figure," said the Critic, "is tolerably good, though rather Etrurian, but the expression of the face is decidedly Tuscan, and therefore false to nature.
Milton mentions the place in Book I of Paradise Lost, when he describes the fallen angels, "who lay intrans't / Thick as Autumnal Leaves that strow the Brooks / In Vallombrosa, where Etrurian shades / High overarch't imbowr" (ll.
From the pre-historic Italian people to the Greeks, from the Phoenicians to the Latins, from the Etrurian to the Roman period, from the crisis of the empire to the first barbaric invasions: ancient Italy in all its splendor documented in a single great series.