Viva Italy
The International Herald Tribune, August 24, 2001
used by permission

    Regarding the report "Euro Bill Hits a High Note With Folks in Small French Town" (Aug. 22):

    Something is clearly amiss in the South of France.

    While it is admirable for the good citizens of Nimes to express regional pride in the Pont du Gard, the fact remains that this magnificent 2,000-year-old aqueduct is a marvel of ancient Italian engineering.

    Julius Caesar and the Romans brought Italic - not Gallic or Teutonic - civilization to the barbarous Gauls of antiquity. Along with this cultural awakening came the quotidian benefits of Italian life: bathing, hygiene and potable water; infrastructure, architecture and urban centers; the rule of law, commerce and learning.

    The very concept of the euro is based on the Roman denarius coin. Indeed, the last time Europe enjoyed a common currency and a common heritage, it was ruled by the Italians of the Pax Romana.

    If any clan should be crowing about the new 5 euro note, it's the one that includes Romano Prodi, Berlusconi, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and all the other scions of Italy.

Rosario A. Iaconis
Italic Institute of America

 

 

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