The traditional text-led definition of Etruria into a league of 12 city territories (in fact, there are at least 14 larger cities), with a federal sanctuary (Fanum Voltumnae) is dedicated to Voltumna, supposedly located near Orvieto or Bolsena Lake. This is a frozen late definition of the political structure of Etruria. Some authors suggest that it may refer to the period between the fifth and third centuries BC. The league probably had more of a religious than political significance given the independence of individual cities, and its implementation may have been in response to the pressure of Rome. Some authors also suggest that the Etruscans in the Po Valley and in Campania were organized along similar lines. Candidates for membership among the Dodecapolis can be chosen from among the following cities: Arezzo, Caere, Chiusi, Cortona, Fiesole, Orvieto, Perugia, Populonia, Roselle, Tarqunia, Veii, Vetulonia, Volterra, and Vulci. The overabundance of candidates may, of course, reflect the fluidity of the political situation in Etruria, particularly with the advancing power of Rome, and the status of the 12 may have represented a frozen moment in time or an ideal representation of the situation that texts often reveal, rather than actual practice.

Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dodecapolis — or Dodekapolis refers to a group or confederation of twelve cities. It may refer to: Ionian dodecapolis Aeolian dodecapolis Etruscan dodecapolis See also Decapolis (disambiguation) Pentapolis This disambiguation page lists articles associated… …   Wikipedia

  • Clazómenes — Moneda de Clazómenes con cisne, atributo de la deidad principal de la ciudad Apolo. Clazómenes, Calzomene o Clazomenae (griego Κλαζομεναί, Klazomenai); actualmente Urla Isquele, en Turquía) fue una antigua polis portuaria de la Antigua Grecia,… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Etruscos — Mapa que muestra la extensión de la civilización etrusca y la dodecápolis …   Wikipedia Español

  • Clazomenae — Ancient Ionian Greek city, Anatolia. Founded on the mainland, the city was subsequently moved to a nearby island. Part of the Ionian Dodecapolis, it was known for its painted terra cotta sarcophagi (6th century BC). During the 5th century BC it… …   Universalium

  • ancient Greek civilization — ▪ historical region, Eurasia Introduction       the period following Mycenaean civilization, which ended in about 1200 BC, to the death of Alexander the Great, in 323 BC. It was a period of political, philosophical, artistic, and scientific… …   Universalium

  • Historia de Apulia — La Historia de Apulia se refiere a los acontecimientos históricos relativos a Apulia, región de la Italia meridional. Contenido 1 Período griego 2 Período romano 3 Edad Media …   Wikipedia Español

  • Klazomenai — Olive oil extraction workshop at Klazomenai Klazomenai (also spelled Clazomenae, Greek: Κλαζομεναί, modern day Kilizman in Urla near İzmir in Turkey) was an ancient Greek city of Ionia and a mem …   Wikipedia

  • Nethuns — In Etruscan mythology, Nethuns [1] was the god of wells, later expanded to all water, including the sea. The Etruscan conception of the deity affected Roman Neptune. The name Nethuns is likely cognate with that of the Celtic god Nechtan and the… …   Wikipedia

  • Arezzo — Infobox CityIT official name = Comune di Arezzo img coa = Arezzo Stemma.png img coa small = image caption = Piazza Grande; from left S. Maria della Pieve, the Tribunal Palace and the Lay Fraternity. region = RegioneIT|sigla=TOS province =… …   Wikipedia

  • Polis — A polis (πόλις, pronunciation [pó] , [ pɒl.ɪs] in English) plural: poleis (πόλεις, pronunciation [pól.eːs] , [ pɒl.eɪz] in English) is a city, a city state and also citizenship and body of citizens. When used to describe Classical Athens and… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.