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François Tomb

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jeffrey Becker
Contributors: Jonathan Fu
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Last modified Jun 12, 2020 02:44 PM History
An important painted Etruscan tomb dating to the final quarter of the fourth century B.C.

Base map by Ryan M. Horne for Pleiades and the Ancient World Mapping Center (ancient terrain after the Barrington Atlas). Map interaction design and implementation by Sean Gillies, David Glick, Alec Mitchell, and Tom Elliott for Pleiades.

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The François Tomb (also known as Tomba François) was discovered in 1857 in the Ponte Rotto necropolis at Vulci by Alessandro François and Adolphe Noël des Vergers. The tomb belonged to the Etruscan Saties family and its patron seems to be Vel Saties, who is depicted in the fresco cycle. The frescoes are important examples of Etruscan art in the Hellenistic period and a key piece of evidence for the study of Italic iconography, particularly with respect to mytho-historical narrative cycles.

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Jeffrey Becker, and Jonathan Fu, 'François Tomb: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 13 August 2020]

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