In the specific context of the Etruscans, postcolonial theory represents a reaction against the pervasive processes of Orientalization and Hellenization, which have governed explanations of change. Traded objects have biographies and changed meanings when they travel between different societies. Identities of individuals are fluid and multiple as they move between contexts. Art takes hybrid forms that recombine elements from different social and cultural sources. Essentially, the Etruscans reinterpreted ideas, deployed materials and objects, and constructed environments that made sense within their own social and political context, and they do not show misunderstandings (banalizations) or pale responses to Phoenician and Greek influences.

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