(Nearly the whole of Italy was once under Etruscan Rule - Cato 2nd Century BCE)
Left: "The Orator" - A second century BCE life-size representation of Aulus Metellus, magistrate and Master of the Etruscan Language. The inscription (below) on the statue is in Etruscan. and reads AULE-SHI METELI-SH VE VESIAL CLENSHI CEN FLERESH TECESAN-SHL TENINE TUTHINESH XISVLICSH", which means something like:"For Aulus Metellus, son of Vel and Vesia. Statue dedicated in recognition of his service to the public"
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