Ancient Volterra

Definition

Volterra (Etruscan name: Velathri, Roman: Volaterrae), located in the northern part of Tuscany, Italy, was an important Etruscan settlement between the 7th and 2nd century BCE. After its destruction by the Romans in the 1st century BCE it became a modest town with the prosperity of its ruling elite into the early imperial period attested by the prodigious number of finely carved alabaster funerary urns in its many rock-cut tombs.

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  • c. 750 BCE - 80 BCE
    Volterra flourishes as an Etruscan town.
  • 298 BCE
    An Etruscan army including forces from Volterra is defeated by the Romans.
  • 82 BCE - 80 BCE
    Volterra is besieged and sacked by Roman general Sulla.
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