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November 13, 2004

Lars Porsena

The University of Florence' Giuseppe Centauro believes he can prove Chiusi is the cite of ancient Clusium, the largest city of pre-Roman Italy and resting place of its Etruscan king, Lars Porsena. Now, if only someone had told me earlier that archaeology bears little resemblance to Indiana Jones movies (or spying to James Bond).

Lars Porsena's place in history was ensured by his interference in the revolution that made Rome a republic. The last Roman king, Lucius Tarquinius, nicknamed “Superbus” because of his arrogance, was Etruscan. When he was deposed by the revolutionaries, he appealed to Porsena for help. There are conflicting accounts of whether Porsena succeeded in capturing and ruling Rome, or was forced to make peace with the revolutionaries. Either way, most of those accounts agree that he was eventually buried in a fabulous tomb near his home city of Camars, or Clusium as the Romans called it.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 13, 2004 09:54 AM

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Lars Porsena of Clusium by the nine gods he swore that the great house of Tarquin should suffer wrong no more!

Posted by: Canadian Headhunter (Michael) at November 16, 2004 05:26 PM