TAKE A VIRTUAL JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF ANCIENT ITALY

with art historian Laura Morelli

in a no-pressure learning environment

that’s educational, inspiring, and fun!

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If you’re a TRAVELER, an ART LOVER, or a LIFELONG LEARNER, then you probably know there’s something special about the ancient Etruscans.

Maybe you’ve heard that the Etruscans:

  • Are considered “mysterious”
  • Spoke a language unique in the world
  • Were known for their enjoyment of earthly pleasures

Are you curious about where the Etruscans came from and what happened to them?

BUT HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THEM…

They aren’t so mysterious after all.

Countless books, courses, and documentaries focus on the theme of the “mysterious Etruscans.” The truth is that we know quite a bit about the Etruscans. I’ll show you why they aren’t so mysterious after all!

We now have a better idea of where they came from—and what happened to them.

Thanks to modern science and DNA technology, there is new information about the origins of Etruscan civilization. And, we know more about what happened as the Romans began to consolidate their power and intrude into Etruscan cities.

Their art is unique in the world.

While the Etruscans were contemporaries with the ancient Greeks and Romans, their art is permeated with a fun-loving, vivacious spirit that is unique in the history of art. I’ll show you the hallmarks of Etruscan art so you can recognize and appreciate it.

There are new discoveries of Etruscan culture all the time.

A large Etruscan villa was discovered at Vetulonia in 2017. More recently, the first major Etruscan settlement on the island of Sardinia was uncovered. In just 200 years, tens of thousands of Etruscan tombs have been unearthed. Etruscan archeology is one of the most exciting fields of art history right now. Join me to find out why!

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My course is your lifetime access to experience Etruscan culture in a fun, easy environment that will make you the go-to person on ancient history among your friends and family!

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WANT TO LEARN ABOUT ETRUSCAN CULTURE? YOU HAVE A FEW CHOICES.

1. ENROLL IN A UNIVERSITY COURSE.
Etruscan art is a special topic, so you would have to go to great university with an art history program in order to find a course specifically dedicated to the Etruscans. It would come with tests to take, papers to write, and an expensive tuition bill to pay.

2. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.
You could read books or cobble together videos and web sites about Etruscan art. And there quite a few resources out there—some good, some not so good—but it requires a lot of work to put together something meaningful and comprehensive.

YOU’RE INVITED TO:

My program on Etruscan art is the only course of its kind that takes you on a virtual journey into the heart of ancient Italy in a no-pressure environment that’s educational, inspiring, and fun.

I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from years of teaching Etruscan art in the college classroom, and I’ve condensed it down into an easy-to-follow, straightforward series of lessons.

Enjoy bite-sized video lessons that you can consume whenever and wherever it works for you!

My course on Etruscan art consists of 4 modules, each with on-demand video lessons inside. Go at your own pace so you don’t feel bored, overwhelmed, or bogged down.

Watch at home, on the train, while doing chores, while sitting on the couch with your family and a bowl of popcorn. I want it to be fun!

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LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT’S INCLUDED…

In the first module, we look at who the Etruscans were:

  • What are the different theories about the origins of the Etruscans?
  • We attempt to answer that age-old question, “What’s the deal with their strange language?”

In Module 2, we’ll dive into the roots of Etruscan art.

  • We’ll learn how the Etruscans began to organize themselves on hilltops across the central part of the Italian peninsula, carving out a distinctive culture that was clearly different than everyone else. We’ll look at the hallmarks of the Etruscan city, including their temples and homes.
  • We’ll also look at what I call the Making of Etruscan Style, which surveys the jaw-dropping luxury goods that the Etruscans began to make even in this early period, everything from pottery to jewelry and decorated ostrich eggs!

Module 3 takes us into the two main divisions of Etruscan society at its height: The cities of the Living, and the Cities of the Dead.

  • In the cities of the living, we’ll see how the Etruscans laid the groundwork—literally—for the Romans by developing things like the arch, city walls and gates, temples, water infrastructure, and homes.
  • In the cities of the dead, we’ll glean a lot of information about how the Etruscans lived and what they valued, based on how they prepared themselves for the afterlife.
  • This is where we take a deep dive—so to speak—into Etruscan tombs. We’ll take a close look at what the Etruscans decided to paint on the walls of the places where they planned to spend all eternity, and the luxury objects they felt were important to take with them.

Finally, in Module 4, we’ll look at what happened, beginning in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, when the Romans began to consolidate their power and exert themselves in Etruscan territories.

But the story of the Etruscans does not end with Roman conquest. In the final module, we’ll see what happened to the Etruscans during the Roman era and even beyond. We’ll also look at the legacy of the Etruscans in later centuries.

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IN MY ART HISTORY ACADEMY, THERE ARE:

  • No tests to take
  • No papers to write
  • No deadlines

In short, there’s no pressure!


I want you to be here—as I am—for the love of learning. I want you to come with a heart and mind open to allow the past to teach and inspire us.

You’ll have lifetime access to all the lessons and you can learn at your own pace.

DID I MENTION THAT…

I’m super-excited about the Etruscans?

I have taught at universities in the United States and in Italy. And, I’ve taught the entire history of art from pre-history to the present. But there’s a reason why one of the introductory classes in my Art History Academy is on Etruscan Art. It’s because I absolutely love this topic!

And I think you will, too.

But if you don’t love it as much as I do, that’s OK, too, because I have a money-back guarantee.

If the course is not for you, just email me before the end of the Module 1 videos, and I’ll be happy to give you your money back, no questions asked.

You can learn more about my Refund Policy here.

The complete course:

  • Access to all video modules covering 800 years of Etruscan civilization
  • 4 units, 16 lessons delivered in on-demand videos

Plus…

> Laura’s video answer vault

> Recommended reading list

> Glossary of Etruscan art terms

At a 4-year-private university or college in the U.S., you’d be looking at paying $1,100-1,200 per credit hour, or a total of around $3,500 for a course on that covers the span of Etruscan art from the 8th century BCE to the Roman conquest.

Even at a public university or college, you’d be looking at $350-400 per credit hour, or around $1,100 for a course like this.

But many of you have told me that you:

  • Don’t want to sit in long lecture courses
  • Don’t want to take exams and write research papers
  • Want the essential information delivered in an entertaining way
  • Want to learn for the joy of learning and exploring a new topic

I hear you! I would want that too, for the record!

PAY IN FULL & SAVE

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A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said that I wanted to be a writer… or maybe an archeologist.

And guess what? It took a lot of years, but I earned a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and am also an award-winning historical novelist. I feel so lucky that I got to do… more or less… what I always wanted! How many people get to live their dream?

It has been my privilege to teach college students in the U.S. and Italy, and to produce art history lessons for TED-Ed. I’ve been a regular contributor on art and authentic travel for National Geographic Traveler, Italy Magazine, CNN Radio, USA Today and other media. I’m the author of the Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes the popular books MADE IN FRANCE and MADE IN ITALY. In my historical novels, including THE PAINTER’S APPRENTICE and THE GONDOLA MAKER, my joy is to bring the stories of art history to life.

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Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own. As I make updates and improvements to the course, you’ll have unlimited access to those as well, at no extra charge.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

I would never want you to be unhappy! Find all the details of my Refund Policy at lauramorelli.com/refund-policy.

Can I earn credit for this class?

There is no formal academic credit for this class. However, if you watch the videos all the way through to the end, you’ll get a Course Completion Certificate.

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