Chiusi (Etruscan name: Clevsin, Roman: Clusium), located in central Italy, was an important Etruscan town from the 7th to 2nd century BCE. Relations with the Romans famously soured when the king of Chiusi, Lars Porsenna, attacked Rome at the end of the 6th century BCE and contributed to the ending of Rome's monarchy. Nevertheless, despite the Republic's growing stature, Chiusi prospered well into the Hellenistic period. The town's many stone tombs have revealed vibrant wall paintings, fine Etruscan artworks, large terracotta sarcophagi, and the world-famous Greek black-figure krater, the Francois Vase.

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  • c. 750 BCE - c. 150 BCE
    The Etruscan town of Chiusi flourishes in central Italy.
  • c. 508 BCE
    Lars Porsenna, Etruscan king of Chiusi, lays siege to Rome.
  • 480 BCE - 470 BCE
    The Etruscan Tomb of the Monkey is constructed at Chiusi.
  • c. 80 BCE
    Sulla's campaigns incorporate Etruscan Chiusi into the Roman Republic.