WebQuest: The Etruscans and the Founding of Rome
Instructions
1. Using the links at the start of each section answer the
following questions. Make sure to answer in your own
words.
2. Type your answers directly into the document.
3. Save your document as Etruscan Web Quest followed
by your last name (Etruscan Web Quest Last Name)
4. Hand in assignment to J Taylor’s hand in bin.
Geography
http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/etruscans.htm
1. Where was the Etruscan Civilization located?
The Sea
http://www.larth.it/en/port-navigation/
1. What did the major cities in the Etruscan civilization have
in common?
2. While the Etruscans were a respected seafaring people in
the Mediterranean, what limited their capabilities on the
ocean?
Trade
http://www.larth.it/en/maritime-trade/
What goods did the Etruscans have to offer for trade?
Cities
http://www.mysteriousetruscans.com/cities.html
Choose one of the cities from the map and answer the
following questions.
1. Where was the city located?
2. What is one interesting thing about its location?
3. Select three interesting facts about the city itself.
Culture
http://www.larth.it/en/athletic-games-gladiators/
What sports did the Etruscans enjoy?
http://www.mysteriousetruscans.com/lifestyle.html
1. Describe the importance of the banquet to the Etruscan
way of life.
2. What clothing was common among Etruscan men and
women?
3. List some unique aspects of Etruscan architecture.
http://www.mysteriousetruscans.com/eng.html
What knowledge did the Etruscans possess that allowed
them to create more viable real estate?
Art
http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/cultures/europe/preroman_italy.aspx
1. What neighboring people influenced Etruscan art?
2. Whose art would later be influenced by Etruscan art?
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/etru/hd_etru.htm
Choose one of the examples of Etruscan art at the top of the
page and answer the following questions:
1. What is most notable about the piece?
2. Can you see any differences or similarities to other art
that you may have seen in this course?
3. What can this specific piece of art tell us about the
Etruscan people, culture or history?
Music
http://www.larth.it/en/music-dancing/
1. What instruments were common in Etruscan music?
2. What instrument was uniquely Etruscan?
3. Listen to the two samples of Etruscan music: what is
most notable? What instruments can you discern?
Women
http://www.larth.it/en/women/
1. What was the status of women in Etruscan culture?
2. What was different about Etruscan women when
compared to Greek women, particularly in the public
sphere?
Religion
http://www.mysteriousetruscans.com/religion.html
1. Were the Etruscans Polytheistic or Monotheistic?
2. How many categories of books of fate does The
Disciplina Etrusca have?
3. What topics are covered in the Libri Rituales the final
category of books?
4. What was the importance of the four corners of the sky
to the Etruscan people?
5. What was the practical use of the Etruscan sky rituals?
6. Examine the chart at the bottom of the page, what
names do you recognize?
Tombs
http://www.mysteriousetruscans.com/tombs.html
1. What does the presence of tombs and their elaborate
burials suggest about Etruscan beliefs?
2. Spend some time looking at a few examples of
Etruscan tombs by clicking the links in the table. What
can be learned about the Etruscans by examining these
tombs?
Historical Importance
http://www.mysteriousetruscans.com/history.html
1. What sources do historians have for learning about
Etruscan History?
2. What is the main issue in using these sources?
3. Which civilization was built on the foundations left by
the Etruscans?
Rome
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/romulus_and_remus.ht
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Who founded and become the first King of Rome?
http://www.unrv.com/culture/romulus-and-remus.php
1. Briefly describe the myth of the founding of Rome.
2. How did the Romans make sure they had enough
women in their city?
http://www.historywiz.com/tarquin.htm
1. Who was last King of Rome?
2. What kind of king was he?
3. What lasting effect did he have on Roman Government?
4. What event ended the rule of the 7th and last King of
Rome?
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Web-Quest: The Etruscans and the Founding of Rome