“SILISTRA, BULGARIA—Archaeology in Bulgaria reports that rescue excavations in the ancient city of Durostorum, the headquarters of the elite Roman 11th Legion, have revealed a fortress wall thought to have been built in the beginning of the fourth century A.D. According to archaeologist Georgi Atanasov of the Silistra Regional Museum of History, the well-preserved wall was held together with very strong red mortar.
It encircled the city, strategically located on the Danube River, and had rectangular towers. Ioan Piso of Babes Bolyai University thinks that the wall could indicate that the city was the capital of the Roman province of Moesia Inferior, instead of Tomis, which is located in Romania. In fact, earlier excavations at Durostorum have uncovered Roman inscriptions bearing the names of the governors of the province of Moesia Inferior.
The team has also found a second-century building that had been decorated with murals painted with the color Pompeian red, deep blue, green, and yellow. To read about how the construction of a port fueled the Roman Empire’s rise, go to “Rome’s Imperial Port.”
“La Dolce Vita,” Federico Fellini’s film that came to define the liberated era that inspired it, began with an impromptu striptease in a Roman trattoria in November 1958, when Peter Howard Vanderbilt threw the 24th birthday party for his friend, Venetian countess Olghina di Robilant at Rugantino.
The party was an uneventful until an Armenian dancer (and assumedly uninvited) Aïché Nana ran to the dance floor, started dancing by herself, pulling down her suspenders and stripping. The police commissar attending the party ordered his men to throw her out and made the photographers hand over their film. However, one of the photographers, Tazio Secchiaroli, held onto his photos of the striptease, and next morning Rome woke to the headlines about “Roman orgy at Rugantino’s”.
Thus was born the famous “orgy” sequence of La Dolce Vita, where Nadia Grey celebrated her divorce with a striptease scene. The role of paparazzo in the movie was inspired by Tazio. Although Fellini was not present at Rugantino, his star Anita Ekberg (which also was uninvited) was. Today, Rugantino’s trattoria is transformed into a McDonald’s. xx
The actress Audrey Hepburn photographed with Mr. Famous (her Yorkshire Terrier) by Elio Sorci after her shopping at a drugstore in Rome (Italy), on March 16, 1961.
Audrey was wearing:
Coat: Givenchy (of beige wool, collar à revers, single-breasted with two buttons of resin in the same color, detail of two pockets, seams overstitched, the model presents a shape more wide in a straight line, length at the knees, liner of beige silk, of the collection for the Autumn/Winter 1959/60).
Dress (inside): Givenchy (of fine wool, beige background with pied de coq in a shade of light brown, short raglan sleeves, the model presents a false illusion of a two-piece, seams overstitched, buttons of resin in a shade of light brown, length below the knees, liner of beige silk taffeta, of his collection for the Spring/Summer of 1958).
Handbag: Givenchy (of caramel leather lined with straw and a weave of natural linen threads, details of caramel leather and handles of golden chains, of his collection for the Spring/Summer of 1959).
Shoes: René Mancini (of ivory calf leather, with frontal detail of a thin bow, of the collection for the Spring/Summer of 1960).
The actress Audrey Hepburn photographed with her son Sean H. Ferrer after her shopping at the Bvlgari jewelry store, on Via dei Condotti, in Rome (Italy), in December 1964.
Audrey was wearing:
Suit: Givenchy (of black wool, short coat with a small collar in the mandarin style, single-breasted with buttons coated with pom poms of black silk yarns, seams overstitched and detail of lateral vents, and skirt in a straight line, both pieces lined with black silk, of his collection for the Autumn/Winter 1962/63).
Hat: Givenchy (a slightly larger size of the pillbox model
covered with a scarf of tweed, creating the effect of a turban hat, of his collection for the Autumn/Winter 1963/64).
Handbag: Cartier Ltd. London (of black crocodile with gold-plated chain straps, purchased by Audrey in 1961).
Shoes: René Mancini (of black leather, of the collection for the Autumn/Winter 1961/62).
The actress Audrey Hepburn photographed with her husband Mel Ferrer (actor, dialogue coach and film director) and their son Sean H. Ferrer by Sigvar Holmer at the Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen (Denmark), in a waiting room before leaving for Rome (Italy), on February 22, 1961.
Audrey was wearing:
Dress: Givenchy (of fine wool, beige background with pied de coq in a shade of light brown, short raglan sleeves, the model presents a false illusion of a two-piece, seams overstitched, buttons of resin in a shade of light brown, length below the knees, liner of beige silk taffeta, of his collection for the Spring/Summer of 1958).