Sons of Lydian Tantalus Named Tyrrhenus & Tarchon Began Etruscan Civilization by Tyrrhenian Sea at Tarquinia


King Tantalus (also known as Atys) of far western Anatolia suffered with his people by climate change when the Ice Age had ended circa 1400 b. c., so he told his sons to cast lots to decide which should sail away to find new land, Tyrrhenus and Tarchon selected, and they sailed west to name the portion of the Mediterranean on Italy’s western side the Tyrrhenian sea, one of their first settlements Tarquinia, the beginning of the Etruscan civilization having spoken a language like Pelasgian and written with greek letters in Italy and in their ancient homeland on the eastern Aegean, the Lemnos stele the evidence.