Photographer's Note

* The Venetic Period: Ancient origins from the Middle East. From Paflagonia to the Adriatic. Lifestyles and costumes from 1500 b.C. to the Roman period.
* The Serenissima: The Repubblic of Venice, a commercial superpower that lasted through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. 1100 years of uninterrupted influence in the Mediterranean.
* The Modern Veneto: The impact of Napoleon, and the Austrian period. The 19th century: economic depression, the Italian period and the massive migrations to the Americas.

“A language,” wrote Uriel Weinreich, “is a dialect with an army and a navy.” In that case, the Venetian Republic had its own army, a great navy that battled the Ottoman Turks, its own embassies and trade connections from England to China (Marco Polo), and was a great power on a level with the other great European states.

The language of Venice (Venetian) did not cease to be a language with the demise of the Venetian Republic. It suffered no organic change when it was ruled by Napoleon, by Austria, and when it was passed from Austria to Italy in 1870.

Venetian, together with other variations existing in the surrounding territory (aggregated as Venet) belongs to the Western group of Romance (or Roman) languages and, in particular, those of the Po Plain. It is also still spoken in Istria and Dalmatia.

-Reto-Romance: Friulian and Ladin in Italy and southern Switzerland, as well as Romantsch in Switzerland

-Ibero-Romance: Castilian, Catalan, Gallego / Galician, Portuguese

-Gallo-Romance: Occitan, or Provencal, and French, which is Francien, the dialect of the Ile-de-France, the region around Paris.

Instead, the languages of the Italian peninsula belong to the Oriental group of Romance languages (together with Rumanian). Although the grammatical structure is clearly of Latin origin, the vocabulary of the Venet language is also rich in words of other etimologies, as its ancestors included the ancient Venetic people, who became tributaries of imperial Rome, which brought the Latin language to VENETIA.

The people of the Veneto speak two languages today, Italian and Venet (in the variations listed below).

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  • Copyright: paolo ardiani (pione) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 214 W: 4 N: 244] (2031)
  • Genre: Lieux
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  • Date Taken: 2003-07-00
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