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Etruscan architecture(700–280 B.C.)
A style which flourished in western central Italy until the Roman conquest; it is largely lost, except for underground tombs and city walls, but the characteristic true stone arch influenced later Roman construction methods. Examples that have survived show forms that were rich in ornamentation.
The architecture of the Etruscan people in western central Italy from the 8th century B.C. until their conquest by the Romans in 281 B.C. Apart from some underground tombs and city walls, it is largely lost, but remains important for the influence of its construction methods on Roman architecture, e.g., the stone arch.