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Discovery that rewrites Italy's history: More than two dozen bronze statues are unearthed after being perfectly preserved in Mediterranean mud for over 2,000 years - dig changes understanding of how ancient Italians transitioned into the Roman Empire
- More than 24 bronze statues were discovered in ancient thermal springs in Tuscan, central Italy
- The statues, made more than 2,000 years ago, are said to rewrite Italy's history between the Etruscan civilization and Roman Empire
- The Etruscan civilization controlled Italy for centuries before the Roman Empire formed, but lost all power around the second century BC and first century AD
- The statues, however, suggests the groups lived in harmony even though they were at war
- The bronzes, including depictions of Apollo and Igea, the ancient Greek god and goddess of health, bear both Etruscan and Latin inscriptions
More than two dozen beautifully preserved bronze statues fashioned 2,000 years ago have been pulled from ancient thermal baths in Tuscany, Italy in a new discovery that 'will rewrite history' about the transition from the Etruscan civilization to the Roman Empire.
Some of the bronzes are entire human-like figures of deities, while others are of individual body parts and organs which would have been offered up as votive offerings to the gods for intervention for medical cures via the thermal waters, the ministry said in a statement.
The trove of artifacts suggests that while the Etruscans and Romans were entangled in conflict between the second century BC and first century AD, the groups living in this area prayed together to deities in the sacred sanctuary.
This, according to archaeologists, is the conclusion because the statues, including depictions of Apollo and Igea, the ancient Greek god and goddess of health, bear both Etruscan and Latin inscriptions.
The new Italian Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, describes them as 'an exceptional discovery for Italy' and 'immense and unique treasures.'
Most of the Etruscan civilization migrated to Italy from Libya and what is now Turkey about 2,500 years ago - nearly 500 years before the Roman Empire gave rise. :useless:
While in Italy, Etruscans controlled most of northern and southern regions by becoming a trading power in the Mediterranean.
They started to lose their foothold once the Greeks took control of Sicily, which was shortly followed by the Roman Empire in 27 BC that began to spread across the nation.
The Roman Empire began to take Etruscan cities one, by one, while also destroying any evidence that it existed - it is very rare to find artifacts from the Etruscan civilization.
However, not all was war between the two, as the recent discovery shows the groups once lived in harmon