Sottoscrivete al prestito at Library of Congress
Desk with Chained Book at Wikipedia.
The name agate is derived from the river Achates in Sicily, near where these stones were found by the ancients in great abundance.
The Domestic Encyclopedia by A.F.M. Willich, 1821.
Short for “Jean fustian,” from “Genoa fustian” (fustian fabric from Genoa)
An A-Z of Modern America by Alicia Duchak, 1999.
Harper’s Book of Facts, 1905.
Many of the inhabitants of Pompeii were assembled at a theatre on the night of 24 Aug 79, when an eruption of Vesuvius covered the city.
A Greek colony in S. Italy, founded about 720 B.C.; destroyed by the Crotonians about 510 B.C. The people were greatly addicted to luxury, hence the term Sybarite.
Rude, extemporary dialogues, frequently licentious, in favor among the Etruscans at weddings, and still popular in Italy.
According to the poet Tasso (1544-1595), tortellini are modeled on the navel of the goddess Venus.
The World Encyclopedia of Food by L. Patrick Coyle, 1982.
This Italian sweet-and-sour sauce has been served since Roman times. It consists of brown sugar, currants or raisins, chocolate, candied peel, garlic, bay leaves, capers and vinegar.
This is a sweet-sour syrup popular as a relish in France and Italy. It is a half-and-half mixture of honey and vinegar.
Fortune Telling machine, source unknown.
Roman god of change.
International Book of Names by C.O. Sylvester Mawson, 1933.
Roman girl known as “the beautiful parricide.”
Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins by William and Mary Morris, 1977.