Etruscan Antefix in the form of Typhon, Terracotta [late 6th century BC] Origin: Temple of ancient Satricum, modern Conca Rome, Villa Giulia Etruscan Museum The intertwined tails are ending in snake-heads ! The "wings" on the shoulder are fins !
The Pompeii excavations revealed that they were an advanced city. We tend to judge ancient times as being like the Dark Ages. They weren't. Ancient people were explorers, budding scientists, artists, engineers, mathematicians, astronomers, philosophers, and architects of amazing caliber.