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Death and Taxes
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Free At Last


[image ALT: An Italian tombstone of the 19th century, with an inscription, a skull-and‑crossbones, and a pair of sickles.]
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ANNO XVIII
DEL RISORGIMENTO ITALIANO
DIMORA ULTIMA DI PACE
E SOLA LIBERA DALLE TASSE
PER
CESARE SANZI PETROSELLI
DEPUTATO DI FOLIGNO IN PERUGIA
ED EMIGRATO NEL 1831
AVVOCATO DE REP NEL 1849
INDIPENDENTE SEMPRE
DI ANNI LXXVI DI SALUTE
VIRTU DELLA SORGENTE MARANO
VOC. CESARINA
E PER
LA SVA FAMILIA
SVO FRATELLO CARLO
SVA SORELLA AGATA
E FIGLIE DI QUESTA

VIVA L' EGUAGLIANZA

In the Year 18 of the Italian Risorgimento, (this is) the last home in peace, and the only one free from taxes,

for Cesare Sanzi Petroselli, deputy of Foligno in Perugia province, émigré in 1831, advocate of the Republic in 1849, always independent, 76 years old, whose health was due to the Marano spring at Cesarina,

and for his family: his brother Carlo, his sister Agata and her daughters.

(papal tiara) LONG LIVE EQUALITY (king's crown)

Currently (2000) in the Museo di Palazzo Trinci, Foligno

Who says the ancient Romans had no sense of humor? This is what one of them chose to carve an honorific inscription on the back of; no skulls mind you, but it's still interesting.


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