Constantius III Roman Emperor. He was the power behind the throne for much of the reign of the Emperor Honorius and saved much of the Western Empire from falling to the barbarians. He first rose to power as "Master of Soldiers" under Honorius at a time when the Western Empire was under attack by Alaric and Athaulf. In addition, Constantine III and his son Constans Augusti in Gaul and Maximus in Spain had declared themselves as rival Emperors to Honorius. He marched into Gaul and drove out Gerontius, Maximus'...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: To the left of the sarcophagus of Galla Placidia.
De Pisis, Filippo b. 1896 d. 1956 Italian Painter. He started to study drawing at the age of six. At eighteen he entered the University of Bologna, where he studied literature and philosophy and continued to paint. After graduating he went to Rome and worked for four years as a teacher, and began dedicating himself seriously to painting. In the early 20s, he became aware of his homosexuality and at this time he moved to Paris to study the work of French artists that he admired, especially Delacroix and Manet. He remained in...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Dominic b. 1170 d. August 6, 1221 Roman Catholic Saint. Founder of the Dominican Order. Born Dominic de Guzmán. His mother was to become Blessed Joan of Aza. It was decided very early on that he should have a career in the Church. At the age of twenty-five he was ordained and took up his duties. He was chosen to accompany the Bishop who had been appointed by the King to negotiate a marriage for the King's son. On the way they passed through Languedoc, in southern France, where the Albigensian heresy was winning many...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Basilica di San Domenico, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Farinelli (Broschi) (Carlo) b. January 24, 1705 d. July 15, 1785 Castrati opera singer. He achieved near mythical status in his own lifetime, and he is often called the greatest castrati ever. Carlo Broschi was born to a family of lesser nobility in Andrea, Naples. He had one brother, Riccardo, a composer who wrote much of Carlo's music. He was castrated at age 7 or 8, and began studying under Nicola Porpora, the famous teacher of the castrati. He was the prodigy of the Farina brothers, and in accordance with tradition at the time, adopted the name Farinelli...[Read More] (Bio by: VampireRed) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Campo Maggiore a Levante.Arco 2
Fellini, Federico b. January 20, 1920 d. October 31, 1993 Italian Film Director, Screenwriter. His film career lasted almost 50 years. He is universally known as an icon of world cinema. After debuting in the entertainment world as a journalist, and radiophonic screenwriter, in 1941 he collaborated on the screenwrite of the first films of Italian neorealism, including "Campo dei Fiori" and "Roma città aperta". His debut as a film director occurred in 1950, when he directed some films with Roberto Rossellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Alberto Lattuada...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Cause of death: Stroke Rimini Cemetery, Rimini, Provincia di Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: To the left from the entrance
Galvani, Luigi b. September 9, 1737 d. December 4, 1798 Scientist. His name is the origin of the word ‘galvanize’. In 1755 he began studying at the University of Bologna in the Faculty of Medicine, graduating in 1759. He was appointed lecturer in anatomy at the University. He married Lucia Galleazzi in 1764, the only daughter of Professor Galeazzi of the Bologna Academy of Science. Lucia was a modern woman who assisted Galvani in his experiments. Galvani began to experiment with muscular stimulation by electrical means. His notebooks indicate that...[Read More] (Bio by: Bunny Boiler) Corpus Domini, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Ghiaurov, Nicholai b. September 13, 1929 d. June 2, 2004 Opera Singer. Bulgarian-born opera singer with a sumptuous voice who became one of the great basses of the post-World War II era. He specialized in late 19th-century works and often performed with his wife, the star Italian soprano Mirella Freni. He studied opera singing at the Sofia Musical Academy and continued his studies in Moscow. His career got off to an auspicious start when he won top prizes at opera-singing festivals in Warsaw and Paris. He made his debut at the Sofia National Opera in...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Moody) San Cataldo Cemetery, Modena, Provincia di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Gobatti, Stefano b. July 14, 1852 d. December 17, 1913 Composer. He gained fleeting celebrity with his first opera, "I Goti" ("The Goths", 1873). Gobatti is a sad footnote in the history of 19th Century Italian music. Much like the "one-hit wonders" of today's pop music world, he was exploited by a cynical entertainment business and then cast aside when he failed to live up to his hype. He came to believe his own publicity and it ruined his life. Born into a peasant family in Italy's Rovigo province, Gobatti studied music with composer Lauro Rossi...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna, Bologna, Provincia di Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: Terza Sala del Colombario.
Hadrian III, Pope Pope. Born in Rome, he was elected in the beginning of the year 884. He vindicated those who had been falsely accused and revealed the names of those who were involved, publicly humiliating them. He died suspiciously near Modena in northern Italy in September of 885. Many suspected foul play, especially that his body was never returned to Rome but rather buried quickly at the abbey in Nonantula. (Bio by: MC) Nonatola Abbey, Nonantola, Provincia di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Honorius Roman Emperor. His reign saw the final fall of Rome to the Barbarians. He was born in 384 AD and was declared Augustus and co-ruler by his father, Theodosius I, in 393 AD. Two years later the Empire was split in two, with Arcadius controlling the East and Honorius, still only ten years old, ruling in the West. During his youth he relied on the support of the general Stilicho, who secured his own position by marrying his daughter, Marian, to the Emperor. He moved his capital from Mediolanum to...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Provincia di Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Hunter, Corp. Thomas Peck b. October 6, 1923 d. April 3, 1945 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Aldershot, England, he served as a Corporal in the 43 RM Commandos, Royal Marines. During actions on April 2, 1945, near Lake Comacchio, Italy, Corporal Hunter was in charge of a Bren gun squad. To save the lives of his unit, under heavy enemy fire, he stormed over 200 meters of open ground in the direction of a house block in which the enemy was situated. As a result of his charge the enemy was in disarray and six enemies surrendered, the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Argenta Gap War Cemetery, Argenta, Provincia di Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Plot: III.G.20.
Ligabue, Antonio b. December 18, 1899 d. May 27, 1965 Italian painter "The different man", deemed mad, but with great artistic genius - His works have never been shown in the U.S. Born in San Gatlo, Switzerland to Italian immigrant farmers, his childhood was one of misery and poor health which left him with many psychiatric problems. At the age of twenty, he returned to his father's birthplace of Gualtieri, Italy. Here he lived his life as a vagabond painting from his memories as a child reflecting the farm world from where he came. He was...[Read More] (Bio by: Paul S.) Gualtieri Cemetery, Gualtieri, Provincia di Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy