The Art (and Value) of Italian Hand Gestures

Apr 05, 2022 362

BY: Raeleen Mautner

Whether born of the necessity to persuade crowds in Ancient Rome, or to be able to understand one another during times of foreign occupation–or even to compete for attention in a densely populated city– the bottom line is indisputable: Italians have been using gestures to communicate for centuries. And as far as I know, they have no plans to stop; grazie al cielo!

One of the most brilliant communicators in all of world history was Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC).  A lawyer, philosopher, statesman, literary genius, and unquestionably one of the most eloquent orators of the Roman Republic, Cicero was sharp, knowledgeable, and verbally persuasive. 

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