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Mod 8: A Day in the Life

Peter Freund

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Hello, I am Thana Satlana, a female Etruscan born in 505BCE in the city of Tarquinii. I

am 24 years old, wife to Venel Satlana. We have 3 kids Marce, Alfia, & Sethra. Marce is a boy

of 5 years; Alfia and Sethra are girls of 7 years and 4 years of age. Venel works as a craftsman in

the tombs, inscribing sarcophagi and burial chambers. My apa and ati (father and mother,

Wikipedia – Etruscan society) are Caile and Arthni Cumni. Father was a politician for most of

his life, but as a young man he was a soldier in the Etruscan military. Mother was a seamstress

who caught Fathers eye during a celebration. Our family is very well off. I am a mother first – I

stay at home and take care of the house and children. However, I also do work at local temples

during ceremonies and some burials. That is how I met Venel. I spent much time in the temples,

before bearing children, and would often see Venel inscribing tombs. One day we started talking

and as I like to say, Turan, the goddess of love placed us there together (Wikipedia – Etruscan

Civilization). We started our partnership in 521BCE, acknowledging our love publicly

(marriage). Apa and ati greatly approved, since he was a fine craftsman and a good man.

Taking care of 3 children is a lot on its own, but Venel helps. My priority is our family

and their well-being. In my free time I enjoy crafting pottery. Pottery is an important part of

Etruscan religion, not only do I enjoy making it but it is highly valued among our people. I do go

out with friends and Venel when our lives are not so busy. Our world is a partnership; we work

together and play together. Etruscan society is very free; we women are not confined to the
house and are not forced into marriages. Status and classes do exist but we are not tied down like

the Romans – we are allowed to socialize outside of our class and with the other gender.

However, everyone knows everyone in Tarquinii so it is often in your best interest to find

someone within your class – it’s not required – but favored.

Although Etruscan society may seem wonderful, we are not without our problems.

Besides class and the other petty issues of most empires, the Romans have been gradually taking

over cities since 510BCE (Wikipedia – Etruscan Society). Everyone is starting to get a little

worried. There has been much internal fighting among civilians and politicians. Nobody seems

to really know what to do. Ever since they were under our rule we’ve only had problems. We

treated them as lesser and now they are trying to put us in our place. As a people they are crude

and nasty. They treat their women like dogs to be petted or statues to be dusted – as far as I’m

concerned they are lesser. I sincerely hope that our king knows what he is doing. I refuse to live

as a slave and I refuse to live under their way of life. Romans are animals in my eyes; all they

want is an “honorable” battle. They don’t care who lives and who dies. In Rome they only care

about their stories and greatness – a brutish people whose faith is corrupted. The stories we hear

from the war are intolerable. I’ve even heard that the Romans think they are ancestors of Troy,

I’ve never laughed harder in my life. Etruscans worry too much over fanciful stories; we focus

too much on expansion when we have our own problems at home. We should be focused on

what we have, worship, building homes, expanding farmland, and pushing back these animals.

The Romans should not be our problem; I don’t know why we bothered dealing with them in the

first place. Over the next few years we will have bigger and bigger battles, I don’t want to see

my Marce or Venel sent off to fight a war – never to return. I can’t bear to even imagine such
thoughts. Being in the temples I’ve seen and participated in enough burials to know what

happens when we go to war.


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