Category: italy

Rome, Italy, 1964. Photographed by Bruno Barbey.

Rome, Italy, 1964. Photographed by Bruno Barbey.

Old women in Rome, Italy, 1951. Photographed by Ruth Orkin.

Old women in Rome, Italy, 1951. Photographed by Ruth Orkin.

historium: Map of Italy in 1796

historium:

Map of Italy in 1796

DUKW Amphibious vehicles in the canals of Veni…

DUKW Amphibious vehicles in the canals of Venice, Italy, during World War II. c. May, 1945

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Ava Gardner on the set of ‘The Barefoot Contessa,’ Tivoli,…

Ava Gardner on the set of ‘The Barefoot Contessa,’ Tivoli, Italy, 1954. Photographed by Robert Capa.

Milan, Italy, 1930s.

Milan, Italy, 1930s.

Beach life in Rimini, Italy, 1959.

Beach life in Rimini, Italy, 1959.

Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy, 1958.

Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy, 1958.

Weird But Wonderful

This strange, kind of amazing glass fish thingy just has to be shared.

According to the Walters Art Museum, it dates to the Baroque period in Italy. At the base, “dolphins with entwined tails support the fish, while the wavy patterns on the base represent flowing water.” The Milanese family of Sarachi was particularly famous for vessels in the shape of fishes. So they think the Sarachis made this one, probably around 1590 to 1600.

Ancient Politicians Had To Respond To Public D…

In 29 CE, the worst sports disaster in the history of the world took place. In Fidenae, a town 8 miles north of Rome, a cheap, wooden gladiator amphitheater collapsed killing about 20,000 people.

In response the Roman Senate banished the builder of the stadium, and passed building regulations for arenas to prevent future disasters, requiring that new stadiums had to be inspected and certified by the state as safe.

Just to make really sure no one would be building cheap, collapsible stadiums, they also banned anyone with a fortune of less than 400,000 sesterces from building amphitheaters. That translates to between 630,000 and 2,400,000 USD today. Yes, it is a really wide margin, I know. Converting ancient commodity currency to modern fiat currency is hard, guys.