ITALY: Dead Secret

The warm, shallow waters of the Adriatic off smart Lido Beach lapped up with unconcern, last week, a profound secret. Locked in the brain of an elderly gentleman who died of a heart attack while in swimming, the secret had to do with the dark, strange, warlike people, apparently neither Semitic nor Aryan, who, before Rome was founded, lived on the fertile land between the Tiber and the Alps. The modern world calls them Etrurians. They made strong bronze armour, neat wooden-soled shoes; jewelry, pottery and precious plate of a delicacy which has...

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