Things you didn’t know about Rome and the Italians

Senatus Populusque Romanus

                                                   Senatus Populusque

When visiting Roma you are very likely to come across the letters SPQR.
It is used as a signature for the government; you will see it on coins, public documents, and also dedications of monuments and public works. In modern usage, SPQR appears in the coat of arms of the city of Rome, as well as on many of the city’s civic buildings and manhole covers. Benito Mussolini used it in his propaganda about the “New Roman Empire.SPQR is an initialism from a Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus (“The Senate and the Roman People”), referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic,

Here are some other interesting information about “S.P.Q.R.”

• In the movie Gladiator, Maximus has SPQR tattooed on his left shoulder.
• In the movie Titus, the radio microphone into which Saturninus speaks has the call letters “S.P.Q.R.”
• The experimental band This Heat wrote a song entitled “S.P.Q.R” which appears on their 1981 album Deceit.
• The SPQR logo also appears at the base of “The Angel of Independence” statue in Mexico City. Its relevance there is not clear.


Rome hosts the Cinecittà Studios, which is the centre of Italian cinema, and some of today’s biggest box office hits were filmed there, A given example is Gangs of New York.It was founded in 1937 by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, the studios were bombed by the Western Allies during World War II. In the 1950s, Cinecittà was the filming location for several large American film productions like Ben-Hur, and then became the studio most closely associated with Federico Fellini.After a period of near-bankruptcy in the 1980s, Cinecittà was privatized by the government of Italy.

 Cinecittà Studios,

……….Did You Know?……….

 1) A reason why maybe Italy heads international fashion. Starting only in 300 BC, there were barbers in Rome.

2) The Italian flag is inspired by the French flag introduced during Napoleon’s 1797 invasion of the peninsula.

3) The famous children’s story, Pinocchio , was written by an Italian.

4) Italy’s contributions to science include the barometer, electric battery, nitroglycerin, and wireless telegraphy.

5) Eyeglasses are an Italian invention.

6) While “romans” is actually the root word for “romance”,  


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