Cerveteri

Definition

Cerveteri (Etruscan name: Cisra or Caisra, Greek: Agylla, Roman: Caere) was an important Etruscan town which flourished between the 7th and 4th century BCE. Located near the western coast of central Italy, around 50 km north of Rome, Cerveteri is today most famous for its thousands of rock-cut tombs which were rich in artefacts and wall paintings depicting scenes from Etruscan daily life. Outstanding among these is the Regolini-Galassi tomb, found chock-full of precious artefacts from silver cups to the finest Etruscan gold jewellery ever discovered. Etruscan Cerveteri is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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  • 700 BCE - 300 BCE
    The Etruscan city of Cerveteri flourishes as a trading and manufacturing centre.
  • c. 680 BCE - c. 660 BCE
    The Etruscan Regolini-Galassi Tomb is constructed at Cerveteri.
  • 675 BCE
    First instances of Etruscan bucchero wares are found at Cerveteri.
  • c. 550 BCE
    The square stone tombs at Cerveteri are constructed.
  • 540 BCE
    A joint Carthaginian and Cerveteri force wins the Battle of the Sardinian Sea against the Phocaeans.
  • 474 BCE
    An Etruscan fleet is defeated by the navy of Syracuse at the Battle of Cumae.
  • 384 BCE
    Syracuse attacks the ports of the Etruscan city of Cerveteri.
  • 325 BCE - 300 BCE
    The Etruscan Tomb of the Reliefs is constructed at Cerveteri.
  • 273 BCE
    Rome conquers the Etruscan town of Cerveteri.
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