Steven L. Tuck

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Between the Greeks and Romans
Episode 1 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Meet the Etruscans. Although you may not know much about them, this opening lecture quickly shows how they served as a conduit between the Greeks and the Romans, influencing much of what we think of as Western civilization. Begin by…
Lost Cities of Tuscany
Episode 2 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Although Etruscan cities no longer survive, we can learn much by studying the geography and the foundations of cities that were built over the Etruscan developments. Explore three Etruscan cities to find out how they were designed, and see what…
Who Founded Rome?
Episode 3 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Much of Rome's geography, architecture, and artistic inscriptions suggest strong Etruscan influence. After discussing three Etruscan kings who ruled Rome, Professor Tuck reviews the evidence--particularly in some of the city's prominent temples--that Rome was, in fact, largely founded as an…
Etruscan Myths, Legends, and Heroes
Episode 10 of The Mysterious Etruscans
While much of their art incorporates Greek elements--confusing archaeologists for decades--the Etruscans have their own distinct myths and legends. Here, delve into some of those stories and meet heroes such as the Vipinas brothers, who were a pair of folk…
Greek Myth: Etruscan Tombs and Temples
Episode 11 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Between the 7th and 3rd centuries BC, the Etruscans imported thousands of pieces of Greek pottery, and this ubiquity influenced much of their own art. Study the urns, tomb paintings, and other artworks to uncover how the Etruscans incorporated and…
Etruscan Gods and Goddesses
Episode 7 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Shift your attention from the afterlife to survey Etruscan gods and goddesses. Learn about their pantheon and see how their deities compare to Greek and Roman gods, and consider what these deities indicate about the Etruscan worldview. See how collective…
Etruscan Afterlife
Episode 6 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Round out your study of the Etruscan view of the dead and the afterlife by examining wall paintings. Reflect on some of the key symbols around the transition from the living to the dead--including divers, underworld guides, and kings. Then…
Etruscan Cities of the Dead
Episode 4 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Step into the Etruscan necropolis--a literal city of the dead--which tells us much about how the culture viewed the afterlife, social class, and more. In this first of three lectures on the dead, you'll visit several ancient tombs to find…
Etruscan Burial and Mourning
Episode 5 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Funeral rites are some of the most conservative components of a culture. Because they change so slowly, we can learn much from looking at a society's funerals. Here, examine Etruscan tomb paintings to learn about their religious rituals, from which…
Sanctuaries and Sacred Places
Episode 9 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Sanctuaries reflect Etruscan religious beliefs and offer critical insight into their culture and politics. Examine the placement and design of several key sanctuaries, and contrast them with Greek temples. After reflecting on the geography of religious spaces, Professor Tuck turns…
Etruscan Sports and Spectacles
Episode 18 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Sport and spectacle have long been part of human affairs. We associate gladiatorial combat with the Romans, but it actually originated with the Etruscans, who held such combats and chariot races as part of religious observances. Study the exciting world…
Divination: The Will of the Gods
Episode 8 of The Mysterious Etruscans
One of the longest-lasting Etruscan legacies is divination, which had a profound influence on Rome. Venture into the Etruscan cosmos and find out how the interpretation of entrails, the flight of birds, and portents such as lightning strikes influenced their…
Etruscan Legacy in the Roman World
Episode 23 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Tour Rome in the era of Augustus at the turn of the Common Era to reveal the Etruscans' influence on all things Roman. While Etruscan culture officially faded away, you'll see that without the Etruscans, Rome would lack many of…
Where Have the Etruscans Gone?
Episode 24 of The Mysterious Etruscans
In this final lecture, you'll trace the influence of Etruscan art and architecture in the Renaissance, when many exports of "Roman" culture were actually Etruscan. Then review what modern DNA research tells us about the origins and endings of the…
Greek Myth: Etruscan Homes
Episode 12 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Continue your study of how Greek mythology influenced the Etruscans. Look at carvings, sculptural reliefs, bronze works, and other media that depict scenes from Greek myths. Examples include scenes from the Odyssey and the Iliad--adapted to Etruscan life in interesting…
Etruscan Women
Episode 20 of The Mysterious Etruscans
One stark contrast between Etruscan society and the Greek and Roman worlds is the relative equality of Etruscan women to men. They appeared in public and even danced and banqueted in mixed company, inspiring strident condemnation from foreign authors. Here,…
Mediterranean Artisans and Merchants
Episode 16 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Turn to the Etruscans' extensive trade network across the Mediterranean, and consider some of their imports from the Greeks and Phoenicians--including pottery, ivory, glass, and more. Reflect on arts and crafts such as Greek vases, terra-cotta vessels, and pottery, and…
Etruscan Language and Literature
Episode 13 of The Mysterious Etruscans
The Etruscan language survives in more than 13,000 texts, from religious transcriptions on mummy linens to fascinating legal contracts written in stone. Because the Etruscans had a primarily oral culture, their writing tended to be analytical and straightforward, yet from…
Etruscan Government
Episode 14 of The Mysterious Etruscans
Reflect on the Etruscan form of government, which shifted from tyranny to a kind of city-state democracy. Examine some of the limitations of their democracy--especially in the realm of defense against Roman invaders. Then consider how much the Etruscan government…
Etruscan Warriors and Warfare
Episode 15 of The Mysterious Etruscans
The Etruscan militaries were formidable, and their navies sailed around the Mediterranean, threatening many foreign settlements. Yet the military structure--or lack thereof--combined with a lack of any grand strategy, meant that the Etruscan military was more of a loose confederation…