Heroes-villains

Two Famous Italian Temptresses
Wednesday, April 20TH, 2011 by
  Before the twentieth century, one of the ways women could become independent and wealthy was to become a high-class courtesan. However, this was far more difficult than it might at first appear. Class distinction reigned even in the realm of prostitution, and only the most beautiful and the most...
Tazio Nuvolari
Monday, January 18TH, 2010 by
  Tazio Nuvolari - Photo courtesy of Everywhere West/Wikimedia   Tazio Nuvalori, or the Flying Mantuan as he became known, was a famous Italian racecar and motorcycle driver. The European Champion in Grand Prix motor racing in 1932, Nuvalori won dozens of races and was known as one of the...
Heroes & Villains
Monday, January 11TH, 2010 by
Italian Luminaries - Heroes & Villains Sometimes, the paintbrush of history colors individuals who've helped shape her too strongly. Historical figures are either seen as heroes or villains. Very rarely, they are depicted in moderate tones, at least by those who write history for the...
Charles Ponzi
Monday, April 13TH, 2009 by
Setting the Standard for Fraud... There are few fraudulent financial schemes out there today that reverberate through history quite like the infamous Ponzi Scheme. Although this term has made recent headlines, this con is not new and stirs up so many emotions due to the fact the scheme only works...
Great Italian Explorers
Wednesday, April 08TH, 2009 by
It is a small world, but it was not always that way. In no small part due to the Italian sense of adventure and profit, men and ships began setting sail and heading out over the far horizon. That great time period for Europe, known as the Age of Discovery would never have reached the heights it...
Pauline Borghese
Monday, September 08TH, 2008 by
Pauline Borghese Bonaparte Beautiful and immoral, Napoleon's sister, Pauline broke hearts all over Europe. It was said of her that she and Napoleon were both going to conquer Europe, but Pauline was going to do it one man at a time! There are many legends about the behavior of this scandalous...
Antonio Meucci
Monday, September 08TH, 2008 by
American children are taught without question that Alexander Graham Bell, a Scottish immigrant invented the Telephone. However as they progress in school it is often learned that this invention was hotly contested between two rival inventors: the eventual winner Bell, and another man named Elisha...
Fibonacci: Great Italian Mathematician
Monday, September 08TH, 2008 by
Fibonacci Statue The Middle Ages were generally a dark time for most cultural endeavors, but especially for mathematics. Fortunately, around the beginning of the 1200's an Italian by the name of Leonardo Pisano came along to advanced mathematics significantly - he wrote many books on numerical...
Lucrezia Borgia
Monday, September 08TH, 2008 by
Lucrezia Borgia painting On April 18, 1480 Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia and his mistress, Vannozza (Giovanna) dei Cattani. Lucrezia had two older brothers, Giovanni (Juan) and Cesare. She also had a younger brother, Goffredo. Her father doted on his children but had a special bond with his only...
Cesare Borgia
Monday, September 08TH, 2008 by
Cesare Borgia Cesare Borgia was born in September of 1475. He was the son of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, who would become Pope Alexander VI, and his mistress Vannozza de Cattani. He was also the older brother of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia. However, Cesare was probably the most infamous of all the...

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