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Etruscan clay sculpture of a smiling couple with the man’s arm around the woman’s shoulder

The Eternal Embrace of the Terracotta Spouses

The surprisingly tender Etruscan view of marital love

If you have never seen the Sarcofago degli Sposi (or Sarcophagus of the Spouses) in the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, Rome, know that you have done yourself a huge disservice.

It’s not just about the exquisite details of the late sixth-century BC terracotta sculpture, or the fact that this…

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