Conclusion: The Disappearing Culture
Etruscans "believed that every race had a set span of time
to run and that they themselves had been allotted ten saecula, a
period of unequal length, which was based upon the life-span of
the longest living survivor, starting at the end of the previous
saeculum.…The Etruscans believed their first saeculum had
begun sometime during the eleventh or tenth century B.C." They
were quite correct. Eventually a new order emerged with Etruscans
holding posts under the Roman government and many turning to religious
administration. By the first century BC, Etruria was just another
part of the Roman Empire and her future lay with the power of Rome.
She was gone almost as fast as she had risen. Etruscan culture rapidly
flourished for the span of a millennium; and accomplished what many
cultures take many millennia to do. In a sense, the Etruscans are
much like our own American culture excluding the whole disappearance
fact. We are the youngest country in the world and were given little
expectation for success at our humble beginning. The rapid growth
of our contemporary American nation along with the melting pot of
cultures, peoples, and ideas has led us to the pinnacle of civilization
and a major world power. In addition, we certainly share a similar
lack of morals, economic ideals, and the tendency to copy our contemporaries.
The Etruscans, as mysterious as they may be, are a quite familiar
breed and the essence of their elusive culture certainly continues
in spirit. Joie de vivre! (UPenn; Macnamara, 17).