Telamone & Southwards
Our short Etruscan journey ends up the coast at Telamone in Tuscany (Etruscan name Tlamu) where on a promontory is found a continuation of the Theban saga unearthed at Pyrgi (above). Greek associations are rich here since Telamon was the father of Homer’s Ajax, hero of the Trojan War. Here in the museum stands another pedimental decoration (mid second century B.C) with a more diffuse narrative containing other heroes like blind Oedipus and Amphiaraos who was swallowed up by the earth as he ran away from Thebes. The expressive nature of this group suggests associations with the more famous Great Altar of Pergamum, but now the journey must return down the southern coast not only into modern territory like Naples, but also into another era- that of the Romans at Pompeii and other centres of Roman civilisation in southern Italy like Taranto.