Massimo Pallottino

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Pallottino, Massimo


Born Nov. 9, 1909, in Rome. Italian Etruscologist. Historian, archaeologist, and philologist. Professor at the University of Rome (1946).

Pallottino is the author of works on the archaeology, language, and art of the Etruscans. He rejects the ancient tradition that the Etruscans came from Asia Minor and believes that they evolved in Italy as the result of the interaction of various ethnic groups. Pallottino has directed many excavations, including one in Santa Severa (Pyrgi), where parallel texts in Etruscan and Phoenician were discovered.


L’origine degli Etruschi. Rome, 1947.
La Peinture étrusque. [Geneva-Paris-New York, 1952.]
Testimonia linguae etruscae, 2nd ed. Florence, 1968.
Etruscologia, 5th ed. Milan, 1963.
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The idea of Roman civilization as the cultural product of Greek influence has been reconsidered by Massimo Pallottino in A History of Earliest Italy.
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But most scholars of Etruscology, such as Massimo Pallottino (1975: 26, 32), have found much to admire in Dennis' work.