CONCILIUM DUODECIM POPULI ETRURIAE
Welcome to the Homepage of the Concilium Duodecim
Populi Etruriae(CDPE). The CDPE was set up as a virtual rebirth of the Etruscan
league of 12 within the virtual framework of the website known as Ancient Sites.(which is sadly no longer in existence)
known about the affairs of the Etruscan League of 12, or Dodecapoli
except what survives in the accounts of Greek and Roman historians poets and
playwrights. The names of the cities can be deduced to some extent from these
accounts, although there is no absolute consensus today on which cities were
members of the league, or to what extent the members changed through time. We do
know however, that during the later Roman period, the infrastructure persisted
and the number of cities increased to 15.
Each city is represented by a
Zilach (Praetor), and each has a separate though sometimes overlapping function
in the league. The framework is not set up for the purposes of roleplay but in
order to networking and sharing knowledge among participants, and to improve
public knowledge about the Etruscans, who are often ignored or bypassed in
studies of the Ancient World.
Summary of CDPE Positions: çé
Charter of the Concilium Duodecim Populi Etruriae
The Concilium Dodecim Populi
Etruriae has the objective of realising a virtual rebirth of the Etruscan
civilisation for the purposes of sharing knowledge and resources about the
1. To heighten the awareness of the Ancient
Sites Community and the Public to the contributions of the Etruscans.
To lift the profile and prestige of the RASNA Group and to network with other
cities within the Ancient Vines community.
3. To correct inaccurate
information posted on Ancient Vines that ignore the contribution of the
Etruscans or show only part of the story.
4. To achieve greater autonomy
from Rome on cultural and religious matters.
5. To provide a more
interesting environment for Etruria members and improve participation in Etruria
6. To provide an Educational resource for students of the
Positions and Responsibilities:
Sacerdos Etruriae: Final Arbiter, representative
for all legal and religious matters and External Communications. Provides
assistance for City Zilachs. Coordinator of Etruria.;
Zilach (cities) To
represent and promote Etruria and all things Etruscan, particularly in their own
portfolio. To set up a webpage on their area of expertise, which will be linked
to the main CDPE page. Each Zilach may appoint an assistant (possibly purthne or
The number of cities is initially 12, but may be expanded to
include the Northern Etruscan Centres and the Campania league at some future
Government : Oligarchic Federation. Meetings normally via the CDPE
Section of Etruria. Presided over by the Sacerdos Etruriae. Where necessary
on-line meetings in Etruria chatroom. However, any member of Etruria may
All Zilach positions will be open to Election
once a year by the all members of the RASNA Group. May not require an election
if position is not contended.
The Sacerdos Etruriae will be elected on
an annual basis by the newly elected CDPE.
Any official external
communication on behalf of the RASNA Group must be passed by the Sacerdos
Etruriae prior to its release.
All CDPE business should be posted in the
CDPE section of Etruria.
Members of the CDPE are identified by a plaque
similar to the following:
In the event of any
disruption to the Ancient Vines service, alternative communication may be via
email using firstname.lastname@example.org
position of City Zilach will be awarded by the CDPE members to any active
members of Etruria. The portfolios for each city are as follows:
Tarquinia is one of the oldest and most important Cities
in Etruria. The portfolio includes Etruscan and Roman history, Chief haruspex of
Etruria, will require great foresight, and will contribute important advice on
the future directions of Etruria. Knowledge of Latin (in ancient and modern
forms) is advantageous.
Another great city with
links with the Education of the Romans and past ties with Magna Graecae and
Carthage. The portfolio will include education (of Rome) and relations with
Athens and the Carthage Board, as well as maintaining the historical accuracy of
the group. A good command of the Etruscan language is essential.
Arezzo: The portfolio associated with this prominent Etruscan city is
Agriculture as well as Medical Health advisor to the group.
Volsinii: Volsinii and the Fanum Voltumnae is a source of great mystery and the
position reflects the Mystical and Mysterious aspects of the Etruscans. Chief
advisor on Spiritual and religious matters and coordinator of the annual Fanum
Zilach Volterra: Head of City of Alabaster must have artistic
sensibilities & promote Etruscan art. [Portfolio includes position of
ambassador to Egypt.] Portfolio also includes matters pertaining to the origins
of Etruscans, past history of people and civilizations of the Mediterranean,
including the Minoan and Myceanaean civilizations.
Zilach Veii. This is
an important city of great antiquity, with tombs from Villanovan times and includes
the magnificent orientalizing period tomb of Campanna, as well as the famous works
of Vulca which include the Apollo of Veii. The portfolio includes the development
of writing and communications. As city closest to Rome, it
must have had great influences on the development of the great city.
Zilach Vulci. The great city of Vulci is historically
very important as a trade centre, and also for its insight into mythology and
early Etruscan history as evidenced by the Francois tomb. The portfolio will
include matters concerning the early history of the Etruscans, trade and
diplomatic affairs with Massilia, the Balearic Islands and Sardinia, as well as
the dominance of the Tyrrhenian sea.
Zilach Vetulonia. This city was a
great source of Etruscan wealth through its Iron smelting activities and trade.
The portfolio will include science and technology, and contact with Germanic and
Zilach Populonia. The great city of Populonia was
the first to mint silver coinage. Named after the Etruscan god Fufluns (similar
to Bacchus), the Zilach will be expected to be fun loving and contribute as the
social advisor to Etruria. Despite this the incumbent will play an important
part in improving the cohesion and cooperation of the city states.
Zilach Clusium. Clusium was one of the most powerful of the Etruscan
league during the time of the expulsion of Tarquinius Superbus from Rome. The
portfolio will include internal communications, a good knoweldge of history and
good relations with the Celtic peoples are prerequisites for this position.
Zilach Perugia- This important centre had important cultural links with
the Umbrian and Illyrian peoples. The portfolio includes the examination of new
theories as well as relations with the Umbrians and Illyrians.
Cortona (Curtun) This position may be bestowed on any Etruria member who has
made a considerable past contribution to Etruria.