David Ridgway

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David Ridgway (11 May 1938 – 20 May 2012 in Athens, Greece) was a British scholar of Italian archaeology and the Etruscans.



The 'Lydian Origins' of the Etruscans

  • Not many authors of general books about the Romans feel bound to discuss the alleged Trojan ancestry of their subject. In sharp contrast, hardly anyone outside the inner circle of tecnici seems able to write about the Etruscans without reflecting at length on the supposed mystery of their origins and on the solution that may or (as has long been beyond all doubt) may not lie in the East, specifically in Lydia. The reason for this is the erroneous but still widely held conviction that' the authority of Herodotus is involved.
    • pp. 109-110. David Ridgway (1993). The ‘Lydian Origins’ of the Etruscans - Dominique Briquel: L'Origine lydienne des Étrusques. Histoire de la doctrine dans l'Antiquité. (Collection de l'École Française de Rome, 139.) Pp. x 575. École Française de Rome, 1991. Paper. The Classical Review, 43(1), 109-110. doi:10.1017/S0009840X00286022
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