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Unformatted text preview: Chelsea Busler Essay #1-Influence of the Etruscans on the Romans Everyone is influenced by something or someone else in someway. No artist just comes up with something new out of no where, they are all somewhat influenced by someone that came before them. The same is true for the Romans. They were greatly influenced by the Etruscans. Etruscan influence is found almost everywhere in the empire of Rome. They Romans received influence from them for things from things as small as the language to as big as their whole entire governmental system. The Romans had a great dislike for the monarchy system that the Etruscans had once imposed upon them. For this reason, they incorporated stories of tyrannical and inept Etruscan kings into their folklore. Basically, the Romans turned the Etruscans (especially their government) into everything that Rome never should become. They used the logic that kings were bad into their own government. The irony of this situation is that the system they set up almost mirrored the magistrate system of the late Etruscan empire, and almost surely was based on it as well. The Romans also copied the artistic ability of the Etruscans and incorporated almost all Etruscan styles into their own works. They took much of their religion from the Etruscans. The Etruscan system of belief was polytheism; that is, they worshiped many different gods and spirits. In addition the Greek gods were taken into the Etruscan system. The inspection of livers and the interpretation of thunder as a sign both came from Etruscan religion. from Etruscan religion....
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