Since many of you know that I frequent a site that revises history in a massive way, just thought I'd throw a little question to you. Charles, I apologize if this message is inapropriate!
From this site comes the below quotation; http://www.mariamilani.com/ancient_civilisation_civilization/ancient_etruscans.htm
"The historical role of Etruria and its people, the Etruscans, was one of alphabet, manufacture, art and religion rather than of politics. Their younger neighbours, the Romans, assimilated much of the Etruscans, including their territories, but certainly not their socio-political structure.
As you may already know, the Etruscans were a people who inhabited (central) Italy around the seventh to fourth centuries b.c. by which time the Roman empire absorbed them city by city. The first kings of Rome were in fact Etruscans and much of the existing Etruscan culture and knowledge was actually absorbed by the Romans. The might and force of the Etruscan people eventually stretched from the Alps in the north down to the Sicilian straights in the south but rather than a unified "country" or empire, theirs was a sort of loose coalition based on 12 cities and about as many colonies.
The might and extent of their reach is still to be witnessed by many of the names in Italian geography such as "Tuscany", "Tuscania", "Tyrrhenian" sea and "Adriatic" sea. "Tuscan" clearly comes from the common name given to the race since ancient times whilst Adriatic is believed to come from the name "Hadria" a settlement of those people on the eastern coasts of Italy. The region they principally inhabited was called Etruria, just to the north of Latium, where Rome eventually made its might felt.
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Origin of the Etruscans
The origins of the Etruscan peoples has often been subject of debate and the most popular belief was one of an oriental origin. However the location and structure of their cities betrays a now widely accepted Italic origin. As opposed to coastal settlements such as might be expected of Greek or Phoenician colonies, Etruscan cities are characterised by being located on heights at a certain distance from the coast or on the conjunction between coastal area and hinterland.
Etruscan social structure
Religion was perhaps what united the different Etruscan cities most and was motivated by a strong belief in the afterlife which in many ways is more reminiscent of the orient and Egyptians than the classical-Roman. The structure of society and its religious beliefs is most vivid in the frescos and funerary paintings to be seen in locations such as Tarquinia (an hour or so north of Rome). What does seem clear is that society was based on a well organised nobility and feudal system which the Romans were later to claim as theirs. It is interesting that the Romans should consider the Etruscans as the "ancients" shrouded in much the same mystery we see them today."
From this information comes the following suppositions!
1. Canaanite religion and alphabet! Both familar to Hebrews! Same for the Etruscans.
2. Hebrews assimilated in the area. Canaanite priests ruled! Romans became numerous in the area, but Etruscan kings and priests ruled.
3. Main concentrations were on hill tops mainly inland! Euteria was similar.
4. Canaan was absorbed city by city! As were the Eturians.
5. Euteria, like Israel, ruled from the mountains in the North (Alps) to the sea in the South (Sicily). Israel had Syria to the North and Egypt in the South and a sea side town on the Red Sea.
6. Euteria had a loose confederation of 12 (twelve) cities and Israel had a loose confederation of 12 tribes.
7. Euteria had the Tyrrhenian Sea to the South and West and the Hadratic (Salt?) Sea to the East. Israel had the Sea of Egypt to the South and West and the Dead (salt) Sea to the East.
8. Salt production was greatest in each case on the Eastern side (Dead Sea)! See the history of Venice and Ravenna and Rimini as well as Dalmatia for information on Roman salt!
9. Rule of Judges famous in both areas!
10. Italy was reportedly invaded by Trojan war veterans! Canaan was invaded by Sea Peoples and Philistines!
11. Numerous invasions from the North (Syrians, Assyrians, Hittites from the North) and Goths, Franks, Germans, etc. for Italy!
12. Numerous invasions from the South; Sicily, Greeks, Carthage, Vikings?, Saracens for Italy, and Egyptians, Libyans, Arabs, etc. for Israel!
Well there are twelve (12) correlations! Can there be more?
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