last saturday Dicember 5 in Rome (a great success I am witness of) the singer–songwriter No-B(erlusconi)-day has posted on Youtube a rap called Daniele Silvestri L’imperatore Tiberio.
[It reminds me just a bit of the traditional
danced in the South of Italy and possibly related to the ancient rites of Dionysus Bacchus – watch Tammurriate .] this
The rap is captivating, the insertion of
(a great Italian actor) is exhilarating, and the song time is beat with the syllables of “Ber-lus-co-ni di-me-tti-ti”, i.e. ‘Berlusconi resign.’ Totò
aveva donne di lusso
a cui teneva un discorso
sul ginocchio sinistro.
Poi emanava un editto
che toglieva di mezzo
chi chiedeva giustizia,
chi ne dava notizia.
E si vantava Tiberio
coi suoi amici più illustri
con gli aneddoti sconci
divertiva i ministri.
Ma sfuggiva i giudizi
sui reati commessi
per motivi fittizzi.
Had women luxurious
Whom he used to lecture
They sitting on his knee.
He then issued an edict
With which he got rid
Of those who asked for justice,
Of those who gave the news.
And bragging was Tiberius
With friends the most illustrious
With anecdotes obscene
His ministers he entertained.
But he escaped verdicts
On crimes committed
By hiding his mess
With points fictitious.
how Mary Beard in the UK Times compares Berlusconi to the Roman emperor Read Tiberius.
And, thanks to
, here’s the zeusiswatching by the Roman historian Suetonius – not for minors ok? life of Tiberius
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UPDATE: Just a few hours ago Berlusconi was hit in the face with a model of Milan’s cathedral and knocked to the ground.
He had just finished a speech during a political rally in the centre of the Italian Northern city. According to the alleged attacker had received many years of treatment for mental disease. Berlusconi is now being taken care of in a Milan hospital and his condition doesn’t seem serious. ANSA
A signal of how harsh the political climate is getting in our country, and a horrible gesture to be firmly condemned whatever opinion we may have of Berlusconi and his policy.
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