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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Vacation in Cities of the Dead

The Telegraph (UK) has an account of touring Etruscan necropoli:

The first site I visited was the nearest to the hotel, and easily the most spectacular. In the vast necropolis at Cerveteri , the Etruscans buried their dead throughout the rise, flourishing and decline of their civilisation. They buried them in clusters of round stone buildings, each tomb 70 or 80 yards in circumference, or in long barrack-like streets of terraced stone houses. In chambered rooms the dead were laid to rest on beds of tufa or marble. Some were placed in stone sarcophagi, their own effigies lying above them on the coffin lids, each statue propped up on one elbow and staring intently towards the doorway of the tomb.
I'm adding this to the ever-expanding list of places I want to visit someday, I guess... I've wanted to visit Etruscan sites ever since the first time I saw examples of their goldsmithing (jewelery-making is a hobby of mine) - positively magnificent stuff.


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