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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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  • Central Square, characterized by the talking statue, where the people he affixed banter and criticism directed mostly to Governments and powerful of the moment. A tradition that has been lost, but index of genuineness and friendliness of the Romans.
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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 »
  • Those looking for one of the most famous and funny stories of Rome must go, it is an obligation to do it, to see the statue of Pasquino. A symbol of biting satire, considered the most famous talking statue of Rome, became the city's characteristic figure primarily between the 16th and 19th centuries. Starting in the 16th century at the foot of the statue, but thicker neck, you hung the sheets containing satire in verse, the action took place at night were strictly anonymous sheets whose contents aimed to "sting" the most important public figures. Such compositions have become famous as "pasquinate", in those poems emerged, with clear spirit spirit of challenge, popular discontent against the power and open criticism of the corruption and the arrogance of the rulers. The statue is what remains of a Hellenistic style, probably dating to the 3rd century BC, is badly damaged in the faces and mutilated limbs, you think it should be a Greek Warrior or a grouping of two warriors, one supporting the other. According to some historians would be a fragment of a group of sculptor Antigonos depicting Menelaus supporting the body of Patroclus morente, a group of which there are numerous replicas, including the best known as well as almost complete copy is preserved in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. But it matters little that opera was, what still makes you admire and its history, or rather the story of unknown hands that for centuries have mocked the power. Well worth a visit and a reflection (or even more of a reflection).
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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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  • 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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  • Nice statue but at least a plaque with the name they couldn't put
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  • Statue that might seem sketchy but of infinite splendor
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