The Etruscans were a people who lived in central Italy. Their state was a federation of cities, and included areas such as Etruria, Latium and Campania. They also founded Rome. Latium separated somewhere around 500 BC, soon followed by Rome and other cities. The Etruscans lost their independence in the 4th century BC and were assimilated in the Roman Republic in 265 BC. However, their influence remained in Roman culture (laws, architecture, sacral acts, etc.).
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