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Another word for maiale.

It inspired the friar, astronomer and philosopher Giordano Bruno (whose statue stands in Rome's Campo dei Fiori, where he was burned at the stake for heresy) to write one of his less serious texts: an alphabet of the porcine traits

Il porco è infatti un animale

A. avaro

B. barbaro

C. coperto di fango

D. duro

E. errante qua e là

F. fetido

G. goloso

H. ha un debole senno

K. Cocciuto

L. lascivo

M. molesto

N. non è buono a nulla

O. ocioso

P. pertinace

Q. querulo

R. rude

S. stolto

T. turgido

V. vile

X. Lunatico

Y. Auricolato

Z. volubile

Ψ. non si dice buono se non quando è morto.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Daniele Pieroni