Exhibition highlights links between Carthage and Etruria

2,000 artefacts on show at Carthage National Museum

22 January, 11:18

    TUNIS - A new exhibition showing at the Carthage National Museum highlights the links between the Carthaginian and Etruscan civilisations before the Mediterranean came under Roman dominion. 'Carthage et les Etrusques, une si vieille amitié' presents a selection of over 2,000 Etruscan archaeological items from the 4th to the 7th century BC and the oldest existing 'passport', used by a Carthaginian travelling to Etruria (Italy).
    The items on display, including Bucchero Nero ceramic objects, bronze objects and Greek-inspired pieces, testify to the friendly trade, artistic, military and technical relations between the two peoples. "This exhibition points out the close relationship between the two peoples that went beyond trade relations to become a relation of sharing and alliance," director-general of the Heritage Directorate Abdelhamid Larguechesaid. "Since the end of the 19th century, archaeological discoveries in Carthage have revealed that there are Etruscan objects in Carthage buried mainly in graves," said Director of Research at the National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS) and specialist in the Etruscan civilisation Jean Gran-Aymerich, affirming that "today, after over a century and a half of excavations and discoveries, researches consider that Carthage has the most important collection in number and in variety of Etruscan objects." The exhibition illustrates that the Etruscans had established privileged relations with the Carthaginians before the Punic wars and clashes between the Carthaginians and the Romans, Gran-Aymerich added. "Carthage et les Etrusques, une si vieille amitié" runs for two weeks. 

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