Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa

An Etruscan aristocrat

Authored by: Judith Swaddling

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910


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Somewhere between about 200 and 150 bc, an Etruscan noblewoman named Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa came to the end of her life and was buried in a single-chambered tomb near to Chiusi, an important city in northern Etruria. Neither she nor her contemporaries could have possibly realised that some 2,000 years later her tomb would be re-opened, and that her remains, her sarcophagus and the goods with which she was buried would soon be on their way to a country of which she may never have heard, to be on public display in a museum where she was to become an unofficial ambassador for her Etruscan compatriots (Figure 53.1). 1

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