Italy is a highly significant region for its ancient art from prehistoric artefacts, the later Etruscan civilisation produced very fine ceramics including the characteristic Bucchero style and styles that were in relationship with Greek pottery painting, Etruscan bronzes were also highly regarded at the time of their production however they are now rare due to recycling of the bronze. Other ancient peoples as well as colonies of the Phoenicians and Greeks developed their own art in Italy before the Roman period. The Romans spread artefacts of Italian origin across the world both physically and in terms of artistic influence. The opulence and success of the Roman empire was cause for many great achievements of jewellery, pottery and other arts. Roman life has a cultural significance in its establishment of many aspects of modern civilisation and domestic artefacts such as oil lamps or glassware are popular for evoking the daily lives of ancient Romans. Fine jewellery and other artefacts can also be found in Italy from the Byzantine period.

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