As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
Dear Peter, I never know were to write my comments!!!! Boh!
Confusing=== In Italian the letter "J" is called "I lungo" and when an Italian tells my name is, as written, "J..." and it is pronounced "I", it will be written "I xxx"
Not to start with "Y" = what the heck it was? Y grieca???
Think about the "Juventus" soccer team = one says Iuventus!!! OK , now they are is "serie B"!
And, not to mention when someone says at Ellis I. , tells my name is as in "E xxx" the fellow there will write "I xx..." and there it goes!!!!
Or, my name is "Ida", common old Calabrese name, they will write "Aida". When in doubt I have learned to pronounce names in English, and figure out how to spell in Italian ( at Ellis!) That's the way I am surviving various Calabrese dialects., and old Mss.
However, I may go nuts at the end... Please, be patient with me!
P.S. can't type a darn! long nails!
may go nuts at the end....
"Fiori di grano.
Amici piu' di prima saremo;
Amici piu' di prima da lontano".
Here I am again! Sorry! I read all this wealth of information that you all kindly make available to so many!
However, as you must have noticed , nobody writes to me, and I believe that the is way it will be. I do not belong! Awfull feeling!
All this information, all this data, to me are just separate parts of a puzzle - i.e no picture of social, political and economic conditions of those comunes which has prompted the exodus of so many.
My interests are in the total picture of life in particular places and particular times, and their subsequent life - success, or resulting poverty, social unrest , etc. Not of each individual. But of a social group!
You have been most kind, I should no longer impose!