By Jessica Hadden & Ryan Lai

Though foreigners to Italy, the Etruscans settled in, and ultimately gave their name to, Tuscany. They mined their mineral rich land and and traded with the Greeks. They installed their own kings in Rome; these kings developed the great Roman Forum, created the Circus Maximus and built the first wall around Rome. For a time, the territory of Etruria covered majority of northern and central Italy, land later ruled by the Roman empire that devoured their civilization between the fourth and first centuries B.C..

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