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Gucci to restore ancient cliff Romans used to throw traitors off

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  1. Saishin Hajimemashite

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    Italian fashion house Gucci will fund the restoration of the Tarpeian Rock, a cliff near the Roman Forum from which prisoners would be hurled to their deaths.

    The Tarpeian Rock, or Rupe Tarpea, suffered a " " last August when chunks of the ancient cliff fell off. Long neglected, the legendary site lies overgrown and often overlooked on the southern side of the Capitoline Hill.

    Many visitors flock to visit the Capitoline Museums atop the hill without realizing that a few metres away, covered in weeds and rubbish and intermittently blocked off with security tape, lies a fascinating part of Rome's history.


    The Tarpeian Rock in 2015.

    The rock is named for Tarpeia, a Vestal virgin and daughter of a Roman commander. When Rome was under siege by the Sabines, the legend goes, she offered to betray the city and open the gates to the enemy soldiers in exchange for "what they bore on their left arms".

    She was referring to their splendid gold bracelets; but instead the Sabine warriors, having taken advantage of her offer, gave her the other thing they carried on their arms – their shields. They crushed Tarpeia to death and her body was either buried inside what would henceforth be known as the Tarpeian Rock or hurled from its summit.

    Later Romans would use the site to put to death their most notorious criminals, who would be thrown headfirst off the 25 metre drop. The gruesome punishment was reserved for traitors, murderers and rebels whose bloody end was supposed to serve as a warning to others.

    'The Tarpeian Rock is close to the Capitol,' an old Roman saying went – in other words, even at the height of power, you're never far from a fall.

    The restoration aims to return some of the awe that used to surround the site. Gucci will pay for a " " of the area that will clear paths around the rock, install new lighting and reopen gardens that have lain closed for years.

    The work is expect to take a year and a half. Mayor Virginia Raggi said the restoration would turn the area into "a unique and evocative place to host important cultural and artistic events".

    Italian authorities regularly turn to brands for the cash to preserve Italy's crumbling heritage. Bulgari announced earlier this year that it would clean up the , the site where Julius Caesar is said to have been stabbed, and previously paid to restore the . Fendi funded a makeover of the , while Gucci was responsible for revamping the in its hometown, Florence.

    For the state, such sponsorship deals relieve the expense of maintaining Italy's treasures: while the country has more Unesco world heritage sites than any other in the world, on public funding for culture.

    As for the brands, they get the prestige of having helped save part of the world's history... as well as, perhaps, a few other perks. Gucci was recently given permission to host a fashion show inside the state-owned Capitoline Museums, which house some of Rome's most precious ancient artefacts.

     
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    secure that venue allesandro.
     
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    fendi show featuring the trevi fountain

     
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  6. Rukia board man gets paid

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    Throw pro-EU politicians off next!
     
  7. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    :psyduck
     
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    Why not anti EU politicians? They are the traitors purposely weakening their countries for foreign vultures. Its not Merkel that's going to surrender is to the Kremlin.
     
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  10. wibisana still newbie

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    Idk where is Florence
    I know Firenze but not Florence
     
  11. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    World Heritage sites:

    1. Italy (54)
    2. China (53)

    Soon... :blobknife
     
  12. Saishin Hajimemashite

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    How's that possible? China destroyed almost all its heritage :wth:gun
     
  13. wibisana still newbie

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    UN fund
    Italy $92,206,648
    China $334,726,585

     
  14. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    They're more spread out, I'm guessing.

    Italy has an insane density of World Heritage sites, one per 5500 km2.

    While China has one per 176,000 km2.
     
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