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Jessi Willeto

In Etruscan society, we see women enjoying a higher, more equal position than that of the previous cultures we have studied. Greek and Romans weren’t often depicted in such intimate relaxed poses such as the Etruscan sarcophagi (Both the Cerveteri and Larth Tetnies & Thanchvil Tarnai) with their female counterparts. To display such intimacy shows us that the women were seen equal enough to be displayed without making them lesser than the men; which we have seen in Egyptian artworks and greek artworks. It’s actually quite lovely to see this shift in paradigm. It’s funny yet not at all surprising that Latin society found this display inappropriate and offensive.