American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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 B.C.
- n. historical An ancient country located between the Arno and Tiber rivers, corresponding to modern day Tuscany in Western Italy; the home of Etruscans.
- n. an ancient country in central Italy; assimilated by the Romans by about 200 BC
“In 1766 he built a new factory in Staffordshire which he called Etruria, as well as a Georgian mansion, Etruria Hall, for his family.”
“Among the items that could be lost are precious "first day" vases, dating from June 1769, when Wedgwood moved his renowned ceramics works to a new factory he called Etruria in Staffordshire, and then personally threw six celebratory pots to mark the event? fashioning them into regal vases.”
“And thus the marked Egyptian character of the archaic painting and sculpture of Greece and Etruria is at once explained.”
“One being a patrician and the other a plebeian, there was every attempt made at Rome to stir up jealousies and dissensions between them; but both were much too noble and generous to be thus set one against the other; and when Fabius found how serious was the state of affairs in Etruria, he sent to Rome to entreat that Decius would come and act with him.”
“A small museum, containing medals, coins, inscriptions, fragments of marbles, and articles of pottery, collected in the neighbourhood, reputed to be remnants of the Grecian rule once existing here, and strongly resembling similar specimens from Etruria, is preserved with great reverence.”
“The English potter Josiah Wedgwood set out to make modern pots on similar aesthetic lines, in the workshop he called Etruria ” for initially Hamilton thought that the ancient Greek vases were Etruscan.”
“About the same period (A.U. C. 445) the Roman youth studied in Etruria, (liv. ix.”
“But if he is at home, or not far from home, he is certainly in Etruria, that is, in my road.”
“In more ancient times, before the Roman dominion, the Etruscans inhabited not only the country called Etruria, but also the great plain of the Po, as far as the foot of the Alps. Here they maintained their ground till they were expelled or subdued by the invading Gauls.”
“About three centuries B.C. numerous hordes of Gauls crossed the Alps and penetrated to the centre of Etruria, which is nowadays Tuscany.”
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