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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)

Little is 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:
Position Incumbent Avatar
Zilach Mechl Rasnal(Sacerdos Etruriae)TuranClanCath
Zilach Tarchna (Tarquinii) Velthur Spurinna
Zilach Caisra (Caere) Vacant
Zilach Velathri (Volterra) Tanaquil Lupus
Zilach Clevsin (Clusium) Epona Antonius
Zilach Fufluna (Populonia) Avle Satlana
Zilach Velzna (Volsinii) Melisa Alexandros
Zilach Cortona Marce Camitlnas
Zilach Veii Aphrodite Theocritos
Zilach Velch(Vulci) TuranClanCath
Zilach Perusia Josephia
Zilach Vetulonia Leonora
Zilach Arretium Antonio Tertius

Charter of the Concilium Duodecim Populi Etruriae
(Revision 3)

Mission Statement:

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 Etruscans.


1. To heighten the awareness of the Ancient Sites Community and the Public to the contributions of the Etruscans.

2. 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 activities.

6. To provide an Educational resource for students of the Etruscans.

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 marniu) .

The number of cities is initially 12, but may be expanded to include the Northern Etruscan Centres and the Campania league at some future date.

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 contribute suggestions.

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

City Portfolios

The 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:

Zilach of Tarquinia:

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.

Zilach Caere:

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.

Zilach Arezzo: The portfolio associated with this prominent Etruscan city is Agriculture as well as Medical Health advisor to the group.

Zilach 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 Voltumnae.

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 Scandinavian peoples.

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.

Zilach Cortona (Curtun) This position may be bestowed on any Etruria member who has made a considerable past contribution to Etruria.