By Stephen Gundle
This real tale of the 1950s murder scandal that rocked Italy portrays the Rome of romance, luxurious, and glamour—as good as a city of carnal crimes, intercourse, medications, corruption, and cover-ups
On April 9, 1953, an enticing 21-year-old girl went lacking from her kinfolk domestic in Rome. Thirty-six hours later her physique was once stumbled on washed up on a overlooked seashore at Torvaianica, 40 kilometers from the Italian capital. a few acknowledged it used to be suicide, others, a sad coincidence. yet may possibly the mysterious demise of this quiet, conservative lady be associated with a drug-fueled orgy concerning many of the richest males in Italy? The brief existence and tragic dying of Wilma Montesi used to be performed out opposed to a desirable backdrop. by means of the Nineteen Fifties Italy, within the wake of Mussolini's brutal Fascist executive, used to be within the strategy of reinventing itself, and with assistance from Hollywood stars akin to Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, it looked to be succeeding. abruptly Italy, and Rome particularly, used to be the main glamorous position on the earth. however the homicide of Wilma Montesi uncovered a darker part of Roman life—a lifetime of corruption, cover-ups, and carnal pleasures.
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Interpretation is more difficult, however, with representation of wild animals. A boar and a stag are represented in scene CXLIX of Trajan’s Column (Lepper and Frere 1988, 181 and Plate CIX) and it appears that the wolf was quite an important martial symbol among the Dacian warrior elite (Vékony 2000, 84). Dacian art reveals only a few clues about local fauna (dog/wolf, bull, snake, horse, feline) as the ornamental motifs on painted ceramics are too stylised and the animals are, without exception, fantastic representations (Florea 1998, 206–32).