Massimo Pallottino

Massimo Pallottino ( born November 9, 1909 in Rome, † February 7, 1995 in Rome ) was an Italian archaeologist. He taught as a professor of Etruscan studies at the University La Sapienza in Rome.

Life and work

Began his scientific career from 1933 to 1940 as an employee in the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia in Rome, where he performed, among other excavations in Capena, Cerveteri and Veii. Since 1937 Massimo Pallottino was a lecturer and from 1940 to 1945 employed at the University of Cagliari. In 1946 he was appointed to the chair of Etruscan studies at the University of Rome, a position he held until 1980.

Among his most important archaeological fieldwork included the excavations in the sanctuary of Pyrgi from 1957. 1982 he was awarded the Balzan Prize for Classical Studies. In 1984 he was awarded the Erasmus Prize; He also was a member of numerous scientific institutions, including the German Archaeological Institute.

Inspired by Wilhelm Brandenstein is Pallottino also dealt with the question of Atlantis, which he calls " open", referred to as. In essence, he followed Brandenstein's opinion, however, this advanced in some respects to their own ideas.


  • Gli Etruschi, Rome 1939; 2nd edition 1940
  • Etruscologia, Milan 1942; further editions in 1947, 1955, 1957, 1963, 1968, 1984 German Translation: Etruscan studies. Birkhäuser, Basel, 1988, ISBN 3-7643-1874-0
  • L' origine Etruscans, Rome 1947
  • La Sardegna nuragica, Rome 1950
  • Atlantide, in: Archeological Classica No. 4/1952, pp. 229-240.
  • Testimonia linguae Etruscae, Florence 1954; 2nd edition 1968
  • Etruscan Art, Zurich 1955
  • Civiltà artistica etrusco - italica, Florence 1971
  • Saggi of Antiquity, Rome 1979
  • Storia della prima Italia, Milan 1984 German translation: Italy before Roman times. Beck, Munich, 1987, ISBN 3-406-32012-0
  • Origini e storia primitiva di Roma, Milan 1993

A complete list of publications in Archeological Classica 43, 1991, pp. XIII -L.