Most of us are pretty familiar with the ancient Greek, Roman and Phoenician societies, but I can't for the life of me remember learning anything in school about the mighty Etruscans. If you, too, are drawing a blank about these ancient peeps, consider checking out From the Temple and the Tomb: Etruscan Treasures from Tuscany, the latest exhibition on display at SMU's Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. The Florence Archaeological Museum was kind enough to loan some of their best Etruscan artifacts, making this the largest collection of Etruscan art ever gathered into one exhibit in America. And apparently, the Etruscans really should've been somewhere in that darn history curriculum because here's the thing: According to the museum's Web site, these folks actually respected us ladies. Etruscan women had freedoms (and, yes, even positions of power) that were simply unheard of in that era. Let's hear it for ancient girl power! While you're at the museum, be sure to head downstairs for the corollary exhibit, New Light on the Etruscans: Fifteen Years of Excavation at Poggio Colla, which details the findings of the SMU-led excavations at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla. The exhibits run through May 17. Admission is $8, but kids get in free. For museum hours and more information, call 214-768-2516 or visit meadowsmuseum.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 25. Continues through May 17, 2009