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Piazza di Pasquino, Rome

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Pasquino or Pasquin is the name used by Romans since the early modern period to describe a battered Hellenistic-style statue dating to the third century BC, which was unearthed in the Parione district of Rome in the fifteenth century. It is located in a piazza of the same name on the southwest corner of the Palazzo Braschi ; near the site where it was unearthed. The statue is known as the first of the talking statues of Rome, because of the tradition of attaching anonymous criticisms to its base.HistoryThe statue's fame dates to the early sixteenth century, when Cardinal Oliviero Carafa draped the marble torso of the statue in a toga and decorated it with Latin epigrams on the occasion of Saint Mark's Day.The Cardinal's actions led to a custom of criticizing the pope or his government by the writing of satirical poems in broad Roman dialect—called "pasquinades" from the Italian "pasquinate"—and attaching them to the statue "Pasquino".Thus Pasquino became the first "talking statue" of Rome. He spoke out about the people's dissatisfaction, denounced injustice, and assaulted misgovernment by members of the Church. From this tradition are derived the English-language terms pasquinade and pasquil, which refer to an anonymous lampoon in verse or prose.
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  • The Pasquino—Piazza Pasquino—is a weathered, scarred sculpture that is believed to be a depiction of the Spartan King Menelaus. Regardless of its history and antiquity, the people of Rome complain tha...  more »
  • Piazza di Pasquino used to be Piazza di Parione. There is not much in the piazza other than a couple of places to eat but it is Pasquino, who is the star of the piazza. He is the first and most popula...  more »
  • This mutilated torso of a Hellenistic statue is called with this name owing it to a richly talented tailor named Mastro Pasquino; he had a shop on the square and was apparently the firsto to affix a p...  more »
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  • In papal Rome, the statue was where the Romans put pieces of paper with their complaints to the Vatican government, even today there are tickets, the most varied
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  • For someone who isn't John Daly Pasquino is JUST a fragment of a work in Hellenistic style, damaged in the faces and mutilated limbs, perhaps a Greek Warrior Representative found during excavations for road surfacing and the renovation of the Palazzo Orsini (now Palazzo Braschi), right in the piazza where today still is. But for Romans REAL Pasquino is the voice of the people ... At the foot of the statue, but thicker neck, it hung in the night sheets containing SATIRE in verse, anonymous against the most important public figures. They were known as "pasquinate" from which emerged in a spirit of defiance, popular discontent against the power and aversion to corruption and the arrogance of its representatives. Pasquino would still have a lot to say today, don't you think?
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  • Rome in film: The talking statue of Pasquino to Rome, for centuries it has been the "Bulletin Board" where the Romans left satirical messages against the powerful. Movie to watch: in the year of our Lord
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  • Statue that might seem sketchy but of infinite splendor
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