The Etruscans were major contributors to what we consider to be some of Western civilization’s greatest achievements, namely, architecture, engineering, and art. A sophisticated and prosperous people living in central Italy between the 8th and 2nd centuries BCE, the Etruscans leave us much of their past through their material culture, namely, tombs, temples, habitation sites, and more. By the 7th century BCE the Etruscans had created a broad network of commercial and artistic trade routes throughout the Mediterranean and were avid importers of Greek and Near Eastern art. Their own artistic legacy lives on in their wall paintings, bronze and clay sculpture, vase paintings and gold jewelry. In fact, since their literature has not survived, it is from their material history that we learn about their fascinating culture. By using an interdisciplinary approach to examining the Etruscans (archaeology, history and art history), this course will trace Etruscan civilization from its origins in the Villanovan Iron Age to the 2nd century BCE when they were taken over and absorbed by the Romans. We will conclude by looking at how the 18th century gave birth to ‘Etruscomania’ in Europe and how that ed to the creation of Etruscan studies in the academic world today.