By Stephen Gundle
This real tale of the 1950s murder scandal that rocked Italy portrays the Rome of romance, luxurious, and glamour—as good as a city of carnal crimes, intercourse, medicinal drugs, corruption, and cover-ups
On April 9, 1953, an enticing 21-year-old lady went lacking from her relations domestic in Rome. Thirty-six hours later her physique used to be stumbled on washed up on a overlooked seashore at Torvaianica, 40 kilometers from the Italian capital. a few stated it was once suicide, others, a sad twist of fate. yet might the mysterious loss of life of this quiet, conservative lady be associated with a drug-fueled orgy regarding the various richest males in Italy? The brief existence and tragic loss of life of Wilma Montesi used to be performed out opposed to a desirable backdrop. through the Nineteen Fifties Italy, within the wake of Mussolini's brutal Fascist govt, was once within the means of reinventing itself, and with assistance from Hollywood stars corresponding to Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, it succeeding. all of sudden Italy, and Rome specifically, used to be the main glamorous position in the world. however the homicide of Wilma Montesi uncovered a darker aspect of Roman life—a lifetime of corruption, cover-ups, and carnal pleasures.
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II, 117], since Septimius Severus was seeking to achieve what Caesar had achieved for Gaul. This is hardly a reasonable appraisal, since the Romanization of Britain had few permanent results. I, 175]. The evaluation of Septimius Severus is repeated in the Introduction to volume V of the History of Rome, where the reign of this ruler is described as the high point of the age of the emperors (RG V, pp. ). The anticipated avoidance of court gossip150 proves an unfulfilled promise: although the domestic and private affairs of the imperial household are not reported quite as extensively as in the 1868/9 lectures [MK], adequate justice is done to them.
III, 153]. II, 159] comes as a surprise. III, 41], although his side-swipe at what he calls Minister-Absolutismus160 is clearly a veiled comparison of Stilicho and Bismarck. III, 136] can often be read between the lines. , 285], is contradicted by the Germanic-Celtic coalition against Rome during the Civilis rebellion. His analysis seems to have been determined by the power-politics of 1870/1, when Germany was hoping to win the sympathy of Italy in the war against France. II, 160]. II, 20]. There was no doubt in Mommsen’s mind about the identity of the Germanic peoples with the modern Germans.
Zumpt, a Berlin Gymnasium-teacher; several years of sometimes bitter political infighting followed during which Zumpt resisted Mommsen’s attempt to have the project taken away from him on the grounds that Mommsen was too junior and academically unproven. But Mommsen rapidly established his scholarly authority with a series of publications largely resulting from his studies in Italy: on Mommsen, rome and the german kaiserreich 37 southern Italic dialects (Die Unteritalischen Dialekte, 1850), Roman coinage (Ueber das römische Münzwesen, 1850), a fourth-century AD list of religious festivals (Ueber den Chronographen von 354, 1850), and in particular an edition of over 7,000 Latin inscriptions from southern Italy which secured his reputation as the world’s leading expert on Latin epigraphy (Inscriptiones Regni Neapolitani Latinae, 1852).