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Origin and History of the Italians

  • Published on May 31, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • What are the origins and history of the Italians? In order to look at the ethnogenesis of the Italian nation and larger Latin realm we must first delve into the ancient history of the Italian peninsula, which includes many diverse and fascinating groups, who gradually became the Italian and Latin peoples we all know and love today.
    In one of my most anticipated and requested videos, we will be briefly going over the many periods of history in the Italian peninsula, including the pre-Roman, Roman, medieval and modern periods, and how the cultures and politics of the past shaped the country of Italy into the nation it is today, as well as looking at the very impressive Italian diaspora worldwide. Thanks for watching!
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  • afic10
    afic10 2 years ago +445

    Italy 🇮🇹 ❤️, one of the most beautiful counties in the world, amazing history, food and arts.

    • Francesco Maietta
      Francesco Maietta 2 years ago +26

      Not one of.
      THE MOST, beautiful country in the world

    • EZeee
      EZeee 2 years ago +9

      Amadeus Lucian Racists are everywhere!!!

    • Popular Loner
      Popular Loner 2 years ago +6

      Very rich history and awesome food

    • Popular Loner
      Popular Loner 2 years ago +2

      Amadeus Lucian that can be said of anyone tho

    • M10
      M10 2 years ago

      Amadeus Lucian what about USA?
      Even in Brazil there are racists. I had Brazilian friends.
      The 99% of Japanese population is Japanese.
      So, have I to continue?

  • William Anderson
    William Anderson 3 years ago +138

    I'm 15% Italian, but I've always been most fascinated with Italian culture than any other culture. You could spend a lifetime studying Italian history.

    • Boba
      Boba 3 years ago +7

      I'm less Italian at 10% but I favor that 10%....family closeness, friendship, food, & Italy

    • read 123
      read 123 3 years ago +1

      15% from a dna but cant link your geneaology to them

    • Paul J
      Paul J 3 years ago +5

      Galderik dude you are hilarious. At least you have a strong sense of pride for your ethnicity and culture and defend it with Hyperbolic statements. Italians make the most joyful and beautiful cars in the world to drive. My Alfa Quadrifoglio is a work of art.

    • Gabriele Petrone
      Gabriele Petrone 3 years ago +9

      As an Italian I can confirm we study the hardest at school. Especially our history and literature, which is studied as a different subject

  • Diego M
    Diego M 3 years ago +738

    Love you Italians. Greetings from Spain!!!🇪🇸♥️🇮🇹

    • Marie Villella
      Marie Villella 3 years ago +56

      Italians love you Spanish to we are brothers🇮🇹❤

    • Paolo Prov
      Paolo Prov 3 years ago +18

      Muchas gracias a mi me gusta un monton Espana es siempre un honor visitar vuestro pais

    • Caesers Legion
      Caesers Legion 3 years ago +32

      Glad we broke away from you guys, but Mexico loves Italians too!! 🇲🇽🇲🇽🇮🇹🇮🇹

    • Rob Roux
      Rob Roux 3 years ago +10

      From Mexico-, Love Italians& Sicilians and Laura Pausini, Levante ; hate Spaniards and their Reggeaton vulgur 'culo' culture. 7:43. That's right the Tomato(XITOMATL) was genetically modified by the Aztecs in Anahuac(Cdmx) not those Arabianized Mirreyes-Art School majors- Iberians/Andalusians.

    • violet ka
      violet ka 3 years ago +1


  • Γιάννης GIA
    Γιάννης GIA 3 years ago +259

    Love for our Italian brothers from Greece!!

    • Antonio C
      Antonio C 2 years ago +18

      Love Greece deeply! Kisses from Italy!

    • yolanda comito
      yolanda comito 2 years ago +6

      Una faccia una razza 🇮🇹🇬🇷

    • TSS Tarantella Sound System
      TSS Tarantella Sound System 2 years ago +9

      Γιάννης GIA in southern Italy the majority of people is Greek

    • Antonio C
      Antonio C 2 years ago +6

      @TSS Tarantella Sound System mmmmmno.....definitely not.

    • TSS Tarantella Sound System
      TSS Tarantella Sound System 2 years ago +3

      Antonio C no no sono serio...guarda i test del dna,la lingua,la cultura e le tradizioni....non dico che siamo uguali ma ci siamo vicini

  • Stateira Ardeshiri
    Stateira Ardeshiri 3 years ago +816

    Love to Italia from Persia (Iran). I love Italia, l'Italia è un posto bellissimo. Viva l'Italia 🇮🇹❤️🇮🇷

    • Raffaello
      Raffaello 3 years ago +61

      Love from Italia to Persia. You are a gorgeous Persian girl.

    • Raffaello
      Raffaello 3 years ago +53

      thomas anderson Thank you, we love you too. Persia was a great civilization, we Italians have respect for Iranians. The colors of our flags are the same. :)

    • Massinissa ⵣ ziri amazigh ⵎⴰⵙⵏⵙⴻⵏ
      Massinissa ⵣ ziri amazigh ⵎⴰⵙⵏⵙⴻⵏ 3 years ago +42

      I am from Algeria. My little brother loves Iran, because Prince of Persia game ,He jumps everywhere😂, He wants to go to Iran and He thinks that Prince of Persia is there and lives in iran

    • Stateira Ardeshiri
      Stateira Ardeshiri 3 years ago +32

      @Massinissa ⵣ ziri amazigh ⵎⴰⵙⵏⵙⴻⵏ Very interesting :) Your brother always welcome! Persia (Iran) has a great civilization, history, rich mythology and culture. Persians gave to the world many great scientists, poets, and philosophers, like khayyam, Rhazes, Avicenna, Khwarizmi, Nasir Tusi, Fakhruddin Razi, Abd Rahman Sufi, Jamshid Kashani, Ferdowsi, Hafez, Saadi, Attar, Qutb Din Shirazi, etc, they are among the best scientists of human history. Many things in this world are invented by Persians 1. Sulfuric acid by Rhazes 2. Computation of 2π by Jamshid Kashani, the Persian astronomer, and mathematician. 3. The first practical windmills for the first time in the history of the world were in Iran. 4. Ethanol by Rhazes 5. A mechanical planetary computer by Jamshid Kashani 6. An ancient type of evaporative cooler and refrigerator was in Iran. 7. Ice Cream 8. Rosewater 9. The art of tile-work was invented and perfected in Iran. 10. The first time that cake was used in a birthday party was by Darius the Great 11. Qanat, 12. Polo 13. Algebra by Khwarizmi 14. Post system, 15. Fork, spoons and many different invents.
      There are some Persian words from ancient times in the English language like Paradise, Magic, Bazaar, etc.
      Rhazes was a Persian (Iranian) polymath, physician, alchemist, philosopher, and important figure in the history of medicine. Rhazes is considered the father of psychology and psychotherapy, the father of pediatrics, a pioneer in ophthalmology, making leading contributions in inorganic and organic chemistry, also he is the author of several philosophical works, and also first to categorize the Hospital dept as well. Many scholars consider Rhazes one of the greatest medical doctor.
      Persians in 500 BC used gold forks and spoons and special gold cups at their dinner tables. The cutlery discovered in Pasargadae in Iran appears to pre-date the Greco-Roman cutlery by almost 1000 years.
      Cyrus the Great wrote the first Human Rights Charter. United Nations uses the Cyrus Cylinder as a pillar of one the earliest declaration of human rights.
      In Persia, in Persepolis palace female workers even had paid maternity leave. Persians were also known for having women take part in high governmental positions such as in Construction, Administration, Politics, etc as evident by the record-keeping clay tablets throughout Persepolis in Iran. This is something that would not be seen until at least many centuries after.

  • SeasideMan
    SeasideMan 2 years ago +21

    Italy is a centre of ancient and modern civilizations...the Western World. The culture and food are unique. Italians are very prevalent in South and North America. Very informative vid by Masaman.

  • Marcello
    Marcello 3 years ago +43

    Hi Masaman. I'm a Portuguese descendant living in Brazil. It's true that Italian culture is very strong here, specially in the south and southeastern regions of the country. They did really influence our brazilian-portuguese language. The facts exposed are correct. Congrats.
    There are still some small villages and towns that speak Italian, specially the dialects from the northern parts of Italy, from where the majority of italian immigrants originally came to Brazil.
    They came to work mainly in coffee farms as freemen as a substitute for slaves after the prohibition of the slave trade. After that, they largely contributed to our industrialization process.
    It's said that most of the Italians that came to south america are from Italy's northern parts, in opposition to north america where the majority went from the Italian south. I wonder, if that's the case, why did it happen this way.
    Maybe that's why Brazil has never had a real problem with the italian mobs.

    • Lena Se
      Lena Se 3 years ago +4

      True but you have Bolsonaro yuck. Tough luck.

    • Marcello
      Marcello 3 years ago +9

      @Lena Se My country has a lot of problems. I won't deny. I was just pointing at the immigrational impact the Italians had in our society. I don't know where you're from, but I meant no harm in my comments. I don't really wanna talk about Bolsonaro. He's just at the beginning of his government. Our citizens voted for him and he represents the bigger part of our society. I respect him as the chosen president and hope he turns into a great one.

    • mord
      mord Year ago +4

      The history of Islam in Sicily and Southern Italy began with the first Arab settlement in Sicily, at Mazara, which was captured in 827.[1] The subsequent rule of Sicily and Malta started in the 10th century.[2] The Emirate of Sicily lasted from 831 until 1061, and controlled the whole island by 902. Though Sicily was the primary Muslim stronghold in Italy, some temporary footholds, the most substantial of which was the port city of Bari (occupied from 847 until 871), were established on the mainland peninsula, especially in mainland Southern Italy, though Muslim raids, mainly those of Muhammad I ibn al-Aghlab, reached as far north as Naples, Rome and the northern region of Piedmont. The Arab raids were part of a larger struggle for power in Italy and Europe, with Christian Byzantine, Frankish, Norman and local Italian forces also competing for control. Arabs were sometimes sought as allies by various Christian factions against other factions.

    • theOGB
      theOGB Year ago +2

      That’s true in my case, living in NA and my family is from Calabria, basically as far south you can go before you hit Sicily.

    • Ricardo Colombo Gallina
      Ricardo Colombo Gallina 11 months ago +2

      Im a greatgrandson of italian immigrants frtom the Vèneto region, and here the italian immigrants came for a different occupation. The immigrants that worked in coffee farms were only the ones that arrived in Sao Paulo and Espirito Santo. In the southern part of Brazil, especially Rio Grande do Sul, they came with the promise of land and work, many indeed were granted pieces of land and established little farmlands with corn, beans, pigs and chickens and later established new communities and cities in the "colonias" region of central-northeastern Rio Grande do Sul and western Santa Catarina. As for the speaking communities of veneto, talian and other italian dialects, its still strong among families (my grandparents learned portuguese when they were about 20 yo) and with some slangs and common words borrowed from italian (like blasphemies for cursing - porco dio, dio cane, porca madonna, etc - popular sayings and words that originally were from italian dialects and now are understood by practically anyone living in these regions - ciuco/tchuco, baùco, furbo, voia, etc) into the now standard "dialect" of portuguese spoken in some parts of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

  • john perniciaro
    john perniciaro 3 years ago +7

    Bravo Masaman! You've done a good job/quick synopsis of Italy. My family came from Sicily and I will tell you that the cultural influences just across Sicily are absolutely extraordinary. I believe it is accurate that the dialectical density in Italy is either the greatest, or amongst the greatest anywhere in the world----the flipside of this of course is....nobody could understand anybody from outside their "paese"/village. Again "

  • fuferito
    fuferito 3 years ago +10

    A comprehensive, accessible presentation of Italy and her people around the world, summarizing 4000 years in less than 12 minutes.
    Impressive, and with much gratitude.

  • CiaoBella
    CiaoBella 3 years ago +5

    Lunigiana in northern Tuscany is a very unique location. It has a strong history, yet incomplete. There are many borgi there and castles, unique stele and traces of Etruscan and Luni populations. Overall, Lunigiana has a mysteriousness about it. I would love if you could do research on this area and make a video about it.

  • Bill Bergendahl
    Bill Bergendahl 3 years ago +39

    I've been to Italy twice and enjoyed it very much. My mother's family came from the region of Italy called Abruzzo. According to a DNA test I have taken I am of Iberian, Greek and West Asian on my mother's side. On my dad's side I am Scandinavian.

    • hwjcjenckks
      hwjcjenckks Year ago +2

      Abruzzo it's a wonderfull region ! You shoul be visit one day

    • mord
      mord Year ago

      West asia mean arabs
      The history of Islam in Sicily and Southern Italy began with the first Arab settlement in Sicily, at Mazara, which was captured in 827.[1] The subsequent rule of Sicily and Malta started in the 10th century.[2] The Emirate of Sicily lasted from 831 until 1061, and controlled the whole island by 902. Though Sicily was the primary Muslim stronghold in Italy, some temporary footholds, the most substantial of which was the port city of Bari (occupied from 847 until 871), were established on the mainland peninsula, especially in mainland Southern Italy, though Muslim raids, mainly those of Muhammad I ibn al-Aghlab, reached as far north as Naples, Rome and the northern region of Piedmont. The Arab raids were part of a larger struggle for power in Italy and Europe, with Christian Byzantine, Frankish, Norman and local Italian forces also competing for control. Arabs were sometimes sought as allies by various Christian factions against other factions.

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago +1

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italia

    • berzerker1100
      berzerker1100 Month ago

      @Lynda Faye Hey Lynda Faye, 👋 Thanks 4 mentioning Ana Marie Ceuca, Honestly I have never heard of her, I checked her out on Clip-Share, she has a Lovely 😍 Voice I think I am a Fan now 😀 Thanks 4 Turning me on to her, I was once stationed in Vicenza Italia, 1981- 84 w/ the Army Paratroopers 🪂 I love everything Italian 🇺🇲🇮🇹😍 Blessings 2 you & yours ! 💥 Lynda.

  • jose calabrano
    jose calabrano 2 years ago +17

    Italia tierra bendita y su gente única en el mundo desde Chile con amor

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Carlos Z.
    Carlos Z. 3 years ago +672

    Wow Italians are amazing, they’re practically the epicenter of European culture and tradition. Awesome

    • Waulie Palnuts
      Waulie Palnuts 3 years ago +54


    • Luca Andrea Colombo
      Luca Andrea Colombo 3 years ago +34

      Carlos Z. And of the western civilisation

    • DRV13
      DRV13 3 years ago +2

      *Feels smug*

  • Caesers Legion
    Caesers Legion 3 years ago +9

    Greetings from Mexico. I love the Italian people and their culture. I am partially Italian thru an ancestor that migrated to Mexico. 🇲🇽🇮🇹

  • Chris Fine
    Chris Fine 3 years ago +6

    That last part though 💪
    These cultural differences are visible today and within the diaspora. It’s so interesting to see what carries over to the New World and what’s left behind. Growing up my mom would explain the differences between her maternal and paternal sides (Genoa/Avellino/Naples vs Calabria/Bari) as if they were two distinct heritages because that’s how they interacted with each other. They looked very different, had different values, and excelled in different occupations. Really appreciate your deep dive on this.

  • BekaJean '_'
    BekaJean '_' 2 years ago +24

    My grandparents came to America in 1952. They were southern Italian. Grandmother was a Santelli, Grandfather a Greco. My Godparents are still there and land is still being fought over between our families here and there. Maybe I will go one day. ❤

    • Konstantina Papaioannou
      Konstantina Papaioannou Year ago +2

      If your gradfather was greco, he was greek from italy. I am greek with greco origin. The greco language is greek with italian accent and several latin words mixed in it. It is fascinating and beautiful.

    • SpartanLeonidas
      SpartanLeonidas 7 months ago +1

      I am part Greco as well! We are Hellenic!!! 🙌🏻🇬🇷🙌🏻

  • The Business Firm
    The Business Firm 3 years ago +5

    Absolutely brilliant video, mate. Exquisitely researched and presented. As a person of full Italian (Calabrese) descent living in Australia, I am pleased you made this video so the one million Australians of Italian descent can learn more about their racial heritage. Well done

  • Sherry Edwards
    Sherry Edwards 2 years ago +9

    Very educational. I am not Italian, however Italian food is my most favourite and I also enjoy the clothing and arts. So I enjoyed learning about what I didn't know. Thanks.

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Martina V
    Martina V 3 years ago +74

    If I can make a remark, it's not only the languages you cited that are mutually unintelligible with Italian, but also many other "dialects" even if they're not officially recognized as languages. Even the "same" dialect family can feature mutually unintelligible dialects: take Lombard. Often grouped in just one pot, it's actually harder than that. As a Milanese/western lombard speaker you could hardly understand dialects from the Bergamo and Brescia areas. And I say this by experience.
    And sure an italian-only speaker would have a tough time understanding most "dialects".

    • Davide Savio
      Davide Savio 3 years ago +7

      Pota! You are right
      And the same is in Veneto region where even in the same province the language changes

    • SicilianScoundrel
      SicilianScoundrel 3 years ago +4

      Minchia, you are right, same thing with sicilian.
      I went to Piazza Armerina once, couldn't understand them

    • Sopmod Õ8
      Sopmod Õ8 3 years ago

      @SicilianScoundrel Are you from Sicily? Do you know the meaning of "Bonavoglio/Bonavoglia"???

    • SicilianScoundrel
      SicilianScoundrel 3 years ago +3

      @Sopmod Õ8 Doesnt really mean anything per se, but Bona is the feminine form of Bono, which means "good" and voglio means "i want"

    • SicilianScoundrel
      SicilianScoundrel 3 years ago +3

      @Sopmod Õ8 Meanwhile Voglia means "will", like something you want to do.

  • Tyrannosaurus Meg
    Tyrannosaurus Meg 3 years ago +13

    I‘m half sicilian but I grew up in the region of Umbria, and I’m currently living in in Trentino, so I kind of traveled a lot inside of Italy during my life, and I can certainly say that every time I went to a different region it seemed like I entered into a different country, even if the language spoken there is the same. Also italians look so different from each other and from their appearance you can still usually figure out where they come from, but at the same time the genetic heritage of Italian people is very diverse and reeeeeally strange: I’m half german but honestly I look much more like my sicilian father and I have fair but olive skin, I have freckles and my father is darker in skin tone, like a light skinned arab, but has a red beard, and it’s so strange! Also in the north I noticed that a lot of people have blue eyes and blonde hair but are still very tanned, especially those that live in the mountains. It’s like we are the potato men of humanity!

  • Para Bellum
    Para Bellum 3 years ago +2

    My great grandfather was born in Italy and immigrated into the US vis Ellis Island. He passed when I was 25 and lived down the street so I was fortunate enough to know my great grandfather fairly well. He told me about the town he was born, how is family had been there for centuries. I took a 23 and me test and it narrowed my DNA down to the exact towns he told me about. Science! It’s amazing.

  • renata miranda
    renata miranda 2 years ago +69

    Todo mi amore para Italia ....mi corazon esta muy triste por el momento que viven en mi querida Italia y su maravillosa gente que Dios termine con esta pandemia tan horrible 💔🙏

      EDGY DEMON Year ago

      Spicgirl u r not WHITE

    • michael m
      michael m Year ago

      @EDGY DEMON Yeah I don't think she's upset about that

      EDGY DEMON Year ago


  • Das Boot
    Das Boot 3 years ago +5

    All the regions of modern Italia are really great and very unique !!!! I lived in Italy for almost 4 years mostly in Rome, where my son was born, then Regione di Lazio e poco, and later on in the surroundings of Napoli e Caseta (Capua). What I have got .... only good memories. Thank you Italians from all over the World, especially those from Rome and Capua, and also these from Montreal North, for being so much supportive to my family in case of emergency with my little son, after my arrival from Fiumicino to Montreal, during my first weeks presence in Quebec !!!!

  • Maria
    Maria 2 years ago +3

    Loved this video, I wish they could do video's like this one on all other countries. It was very informative.

  • TheItaliano
    TheItaliano 3 years ago +118

    I'm Italian American, thank you for this video. Very accurate! Love to all my Italian brothers and sisters out there!

  • DoratTheKiller
    DoratTheKiller 3 years ago +24

    As an Italian, this makes me happy. Although I wish you delved more in the genetic aspect like in many of your other videos rather than simply the history

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italia

  • New force
    New force 3 years ago +9

    Nice video Masaman! As an Italian who stumbled across this video I want to thank you, it's very well put together "very well" 👍🇮🇹

  • Maria Smith
    Maria Smith 2 years ago +11

    love my people I miss Italia proud to be a Italian miss my beautiful country lived there for 10 years in Toscana and learned where I come from, it was definitely the best 10yrs of my life. Viva L`Italia.

  • Edwin Nova
    Edwin Nova 3 years ago +3

    Thank You Masaman for this video. I've recently done my Genetic Profile and I personally have the genes of most of the entire western hemisphere ~ 54% Native American 27% African 16% European & 3% Middle Eastern. Most of my genetically related cousins have Italian lineage. One of my cousins who is 60% Italian is related to my Native N-C-S American, Spanish, French, Middle Eastern, Cameroon, Congo and Southern Bantu =)

  • Ivan Diaz
    Ivan Diaz 2 years ago +144

    I just recently had a genetic DNA test done (Im from Madrid in Spain), and it turns out Im 75% Iberian and 25% Italian. Guess some of my ancestors were Roman Soldiers when they conquered the peninsula. Hail Caesar!!!

    • Sir. Fuentes
      Sir. Fuentes 2 years ago +4

      Ivan Diaz immerse yourself in Spanish History, especially during the Spanish Empire for your answers.

    • Kaytarra Correa
      Kaytarra Correa 2 years ago +6

      I am also mostly Iberian and Italian 🥰 from the US. I had no idea I was till I did DNA testing lol, Iberian that is

    • Sir. Fuentes
      Sir. Fuentes 2 years ago +1

      @Kaytarra Correa But your last name is Correa which is Spanish.

    • Kaytarra Correa
      Kaytarra Correa 2 years ago +4

      @Sir. Fuentes that's my married name lol my husband is Puerto Rican. My maiden name is Beaulieu which is my French side but my mother's last name is malarsie and her mother's maiden name was errico

  • Alessandro Natali
    Alessandro Natali 3 years ago +67

    Fun fact: the so called Kingdom of Sardinia had Turin as capital city, and the Savoy dinasty as monarchs. Sardinia was acquired by the Savoy ( the Dukes of Turin) after the Treaty of the Hague, in 1720. Basically, we Sardinians had little to no political influence in the kingdom named after our island.

    • Giovanni Acuto
      Giovanni Acuto 3 years ago +8

      More embarrassing is that after the War Of Spanish Succession the Duchy of Savoy acquired Sicily and became the Kingdom of Sicily. However the Savoy bureaucracy who mostly came from Piedmont (Piemonte) the region around Turin, pissed off the Sicilians (and still do today). So Sicily was taken away from the Dukes of Savoy and they were given Sardinia as a sort of consolation prize. The royal family did actual live in exile on Sardinia during the Napoleonic wars when mainland Savoy (Savoie in France) and Piedmont were under French occupation.

    • Adelasia
      Adelasia 3 years ago


    • Alessandro Natali
      Alessandro Natali 3 years ago +1

      @Adelasia Giuanne Maria Angioy was betrayed and exiled by the same guy who helped him raise the rebellion.... curious that "Su patriotu sardu a sos feudatarios" the hymn of the rebellion is now the official anthem of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.

    • Adelasia
      Adelasia 3 years ago

      @Alessandro Natali where are you from? You seem very interested in Sardinian history

  • The Front Porch
    The Front Porch 3 years ago +5

    I used to live in the ruins of Cuma, north of Naples. There was what I assumed to be a tomb, that I always thought was Etruscan for some reason, and at some point in your video, I think I caught a glimpse of those people down in that area, but I had always considered them Norther people, north of Rome. Frankly, I think there is something of actual magic with the Italians, and the peninsula, even as diverse as they are, and the geography is. Just the area of Naples alone presents enough for a lifetime of beauty and fascination! BTW, I don't find the tomb on Google maps or Earth, but my old house is...the basement of which was 2,600 years old according to my Tuffs U. archaeology prof. friend. I miss those nights wandering among the Cumaean Sybil's haunts.

    • Gary L
      Gary L 3 years ago +1

      The ruins at CUMA (CUMAE) are the relics of a Greek colony from around 750BC.

  • Egidia Maria Luisa Robortella

    You went through complex Italian history by a quite short presentation, it was amazing, congratulations for your effective summary.

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Anonymous_?
    Anonymous_? Year ago +5

    I am so proud to be Italian, Viva L’Italia

  • Richard P
    Richard P 3 years ago +4

    Thank you! A lot of migration occurred out of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, but not much is known, Masaman. If you could find something out on that, that would be great.

  • Fernando Maschio
    Fernando Maschio 3 years ago +591

    Outside of Italy, the most Italian state is Argentina, even the Spanish spoken sounds like an Italian variation.

    • Jesus Ramirez
      Jesus Ramirez 3 years ago +35

      Fernando Maschio Mexico is , even the flags are similar 🇮🇹 🇲🇽

    • Jesus Ramirez
      Jesus Ramirez 2 years ago +8

      A/X you can disagree all you want bro. But it’s history it’s apart of MY FAMILY history. I’m actual proof Mexicans and Italians are one in the same almost

    • Jesus Ramirez
      Jesus Ramirez 2 years ago +7

      Eros Delorenzi the food is not similar cuz we have Indian in us but the music sound similar to Italian. Even the language we have is similar y’all speak ladino and we do too. Within your Italian population there’s a group of people who are similar to my group of people because countries with bordered don’t make you it’s your history and where you come from that does. So while you say Mexicans and Italian are not the same I have to disagree

    • John Giordano
      John Giordano 2 years ago +4

      True and they answer a phone call as the Italians do. They answer by saying Pronto!

    • Santo
      Santo 2 years ago +55

      @Jesus Ramirez Mexico and Italy are a completely different thing.

  • Tziu Ricky
    Tziu Ricky 3 years ago +61

    I would have loved a more in-depth overview of genetics. I would also like to see your take on the topic of Sardinian's genetics.

    • Daniele87pox
      Daniele87pox 3 years ago +3

      sardinian are middle eastern people

    • Robustus
      Robustus 3 years ago +2

      Are you talking about the pre-indo-european Sardinians or the Sardinians after the spread of Islam?

    • Daniele87pox
      Daniele87pox 3 years ago +1

      @Robustus pre indo european of course

    • Lee Christy
      Lee Christy 3 years ago +11

      @Daniele87pox Well under that definition all of Europe is since all Europeans have this Neolithic component ----- Sardinians are the purest surviving modern example Anatolian Farmers that spread out throughout Europe. No European is without some percentage of it as it's a large component of what it means to be "European" . It's highest in Sardinia (perhaps @95%), pretty high in Southern Europe, middling say in England but smallest in Northeastern Europe (like Latvia, Estonia, northern Russia etc where it usually measured below 20% - there the percentage is dwarfed by the Indo-European or "Yamnaya" culture people, another component of modern "Europeaness" )

    • Midget Poney
      Midget Poney 3 years ago +4

      Lee Christy
      You forgot to mention the western hunter-gatherer admixture that is more present amongst northern europeans.

  • Goran Marinic
    Goran Marinic 3 years ago +33

    Most loved nation in the world! You cannot imagine the world without the Italian impact to it. Greetings from Serbia.

    • Goran Marinic
      Goran Marinic 3 years ago +2

      Galderik That is quite an exaggeration, though.

    • Goran Marinic
      Goran Marinic 3 years ago +3

      Galderik No, sorry, it is an exaggeration. I could name an army of people who were extremely important for our world who were not Italians. Many among some of greatest artist, philosophers, scientists, composers were members of other nations. Still, I could say once more that Italians made a very significant impact to our civilization, and as a nation I don't know any other that attract that much sympathy or love as Italian nation. And I am proud of my far ancestry who were Italians. Ciao!

    • Goran Marinic
      Goran Marinic 3 years ago +1

      Galderik It could take a long time to read a list of important people who weren't Italians. Second thing, you cannot perceive Western civilization as an isolated phenomena, that is more likely a flow of historical events, one connected to another. Short questions, what would Italy, in terms of visual art, be if there weren't ancient Greece? Name two famous roman philosophers! Nah, they are all Greek. Or, put later Italian philosophers in comparison to German (Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, ...), French (Decartes, Voltaire...), British (Hume, Lock...) etc. All important philosophers were not Italians. Art: Renaissance has its deserved place, but there is much more of it. After that period (and after counter Reformation) almost all important art was concentrated around Paris, and after WW2 in New York. Music: take a look at German composers (Bach, Mozart, Handel, Brahms...) or Russian (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky...), French (Debussy, Bizet...), Chopin (polish) Liszt (hungarian). In science, Italians in last several hundred years are significantly lacking behind some other western nations, even Russians. Invention of the telephone is not the ultimate criteria. What do you think of Nikola Tesla, for example? He also invented the telephone, but lost the law case about that. What nationality was Picasso? Claude Monet? Auguste Rodin was as great sculptor as Michelangelo. What was Einstein, Darwin? Etc, etc, etc. But one thing is for certain, ONLY Italians knows what is OPERA and how it should be performed. Italians absolutely stand alone in that matter. And not only because of great composers (Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo...) but also because of the greatest singers ever lived ( Corelli, Di Stefano, Del Monaco, Caruso, Granforte, Fisichella......).

    • Goran Marinic
      Goran Marinic 3 years ago +1

      I didn't mentioned literature and poetry, but it is similar case as above mentioned.

    • Goran Marinic
      Goran Marinic 3 years ago +1

      Galderik Looks like you don't know much outside the Italian culture. Pitty.

  • Y. M.
    Y. M. 3 years ago +25

    Thank you for making this video, people should really know more about Italy, its incredible culture, the magnificent treasures that it still keeps and preserves and its enormous contribution to modern civilisation.

    • Antonio C
      Antonio C 2 years ago +1

      Love from Italy!

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italia

  • The Italian Stallion
    The Italian Stallion  2 years ago +4

    Hey Masaman, love your work. Could you do a video specifically on Sicily and how they genetically relate to the rest of the world and such. That’d be awesome!

  • Thomas Huth
    Thomas Huth 3 years ago +139

    I love much of Italy and Italien people. Greetings with love 🇩🇪

    • Arianna Pomella
      Arianna Pomella 3 years ago +1

      Thomas Huth thank you❤️

    • Il Condottiero Cartografo
      Il Condottiero Cartografo 3 years ago +2

      ❤❤ getting really interested in your cultures and germanic tribes 🇮🇹🇮🇹

    • Il Condottiero Cartografo
      Il Condottiero Cartografo 3 years ago +1

      Danny Walker Too late they sent us

    • Antonio C
      Antonio C 2 years ago +1

      Thank you very much, brother! Love from Italy to your Country!

    • alessio gagliardi
      alessio gagliardi 2 years ago +1

      Danke, as Italian i really want to learn German in future because i like Gothic Culture

  • Kaytarra Correa
    Kaytarra Correa 2 years ago +5

    I never knew I was Italian till I was in the 6th grade. According to my DNA info I have gotten from 2 different sites I'm portugese/Spaniard, Italian, French, English/Irish, Scottish, Welch, and South American (very small percentage)
    The Italian people, food, culture is so beautiful 😍 I'm so proud

  • Chelsea Miracle
    Chelsea Miracle 3 years ago +14

    I'm around 40% Abruzzese. I love my Italian family and our heritage! They came from poor farming villages now known for being ski lodges and such. Cold part of Italy! I hope to one day go back. 😊

    • F. Krueger
      F. Krueger 3 years ago +1

      Try to visit if you can. Will be an enriching experience, you'll never forget. Cheers from Australia.

    • Dyz
      Dyz 3 years ago +2

      My Nonna is from Aruzzo. A Town called La Rocca

    • Dyz
      Dyz 3 years ago +2

      j t Im from Australia too!

    • Dyz
      Dyz 3 years ago +2


    • F. Krueger
      F. Krueger 3 years ago +3

      @Dyz Ciao, bravo, 👌🏻👏🏻👏🏻, try get there if you can, it's really important to see your history, culture , etc... Dad came here after the 2nd world war. From a small town 32 klms south of Florence. Figline Valdarno in the Tuscany province. I've visited twice, will probably go again next year. Were in Brisbane. Arrivederci, amico. 🖐🖐 ..

  • Frank Caputo
    Frank Caputo 3 years ago +43

    Viva La Italia I am proud of my heritage 🇺🇸🇮🇹

    • Master Junky
      Master Junky 3 years ago +2

      Greetings from Milan brother

    • Iasha Chilashvili
      Iasha Chilashvili 3 years ago +2

      Viva etruskan georgian Caucasus civilizacion

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Laws Oftheuniverse
    Laws Oftheuniverse 3 years ago +765

    Stay strong my dear Italian sisters and brothers in this darkest hour, Greetings from Germany.

    • Arianna Pomella
      Arianna Pomella 3 years ago +16

      Laws Oftheuniverse thank you for the support!

    • Laws Oftheuniverse
      Laws Oftheuniverse 3 years ago +15

      @Arianna Pomella We need to held together, my dear.

    • Anna Rita Fabbri
      Anna Rita Fabbri 3 years ago +12

      Abc Abc , oh go on....get your history right. Didn't you get what was said of people of Italian descent? There are around 170 million of them all around the world. Many are bound to have intermingled with several ethnic groups. Many Africans, Asians, Europeans and so on. Nice! I like this idea.
      I am of Etruscan descent. I married a Ligurian and our daughters have in turn married men from the Papal States and Daunia. This is our beloved nation today

    • Shrek the swampless
      Shrek the swampless 3 years ago +1

      @peter konto lol

    • schoomzer
      schoomzer 3 years ago +13

      Abc Abc Don't be stupid. Italians are not Africans.

  • Aisake Takau
    Aisake Takau 2 years ago +32

    I am from the south Pacific. In my humble opinion and from my considerable reading of History, Italy contributed more to Human civilization than any other nation

    • Antonio C
      Antonio C 2 years ago

      Hail from Italy!

    • Hyoscyamus Gorgonius
      Hyoscyamus Gorgonius 2 years ago

      Thank you my friend!

    • 👑 KING DAVID 👑
      👑 KING DAVID 👑 2 years ago

      The Scots have created and invented so much more than the Italians and have practically invented the 21st century.
      Today's technological and scientific advancements are mostly due to Scots inventors.

    • Sergpie
      Sergpie Year ago

      @👑 KING DAVID 👑
      The majority of those inventions have been supplanted by typically German, Chinese, or American automated systems; their accounts are still to this day, tabulated through double-entry accounting ledgers, which go back to late medieval/early Renaissance Italy. 😉

    • Giovanni Mxxxxxx
      Giovanni Mxxxxxx 9 months ago +1

      @👑 KING DAVID 👑 Yes, the famous scotch tape.

  • Gary Wintle
    Gary Wintle 3 years ago +6

    Would love a video on Gandhara and the few moments in history that Greek society and Buddhism intermingled. Love your stuff.

  • Nik Rose
    Nik Rose Year ago +7

    Proud Italian American🇮🇹

  • Rich Weatherly
    Rich Weatherly 3 years ago +297

    Thank you. The Italian peninsula is more diverse than thought.

    • Miss T.E.A.
      Miss T.E.A. 3 years ago +17

      You should visit beautiful Sicily; the mix of people, architecture and traditions are a testament to the different people who have invaded, ruled and influenced the island over many centuries. It's fascinating. That's why Sicilian sounds so different to classic mainland Italian, and why northern Italians scathingly refer to the sound of Sicilian as la lingua brutta or ugly language/tongue.

    • Matador#81
      Matador#81 3 years ago +18

      Miss T.E.A. Sicily even has the respect of all Italy in the culinary aspect. A lady from Milan I knew was not crazy about any southern Italian but she admitted the food was superior.

    • Miss T.E.A.
      Miss T.E.A. 3 years ago +4

      @Matador#81 It's exceptionally good. A very unique island is Sicilia 😄

    • Jussi M. Konttinen
      Jussi M. Konttinen 3 years ago +4

      @Miss T.E.A. Sicilians make the kind of pasta that doesn't stay on fork and splashes sauce on your face : )

    • M.Đ
      M.Đ 3 years ago

      @Miss T.E.A. sicily is not italian culture.its so different

  • basil aftousmis
    basil aftousmis 3 years ago +3

    My name is Greek but DNA is 50% Italian 42% Greek. Our family picked up the Italian language very fast when two Italians showed up in our small African town. The way I see it for hundred of years armies and traders moved across Mediterranean, we all know what men need away from home. I also call Mediterranean the interned of ancients, worked just fine, a bit slow but it worked.

  • Susan Murphy
    Susan Murphy 3 years ago +65

    I love 💖 everything Italian.
    Their contributions to humanity are so vast and amazing. 💜💙💛❤💚

  • Joseph Richards
    Joseph Richards 11 months ago +1

    I’m English but I hope you to live in Italy one day. Beautiful language, people, countryside and culture. FORZA ITALIA! ahaha ❤️

  • Ellis Karanikolaou
    Ellis Karanikolaou 3 years ago +48

    Brilliant Acknowledgement. Italians have given so much to world civilization.

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Bill Bergendahl
    Bill Bergendahl 2 years ago +12

    My mother's family came from Italy and I have been fortunate to have visited that beautiful country twice.

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Lucky you; I especially want to visit those little hostels in the Alps.
      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Ρίζες Σαλεντίνης

    Finally a non-stereotyped video about Italian history! The other videos on Clip-Share about this topic are just like: "Ahhh, Italian history is so rich...we have Rome and the Coliseum, then we have Romans, the Coliseum and Rome...and of course the Roman Coliseum". You're one of the few ones that mentioned the strong genetic affinity between Greeks and southern Italians, and you also mentioned the ancestral language of Salento and Calabria: GRIKO!
    Thank you!

    • GFG
      GFG 3 years ago

      You forgot WW2

    • GFG
      GFG 3 years ago


    • Giovanni Acuto
      Giovanni Acuto 3 years ago +1

      Does that make the Calabrese "hoi polloi"?

    • Ρίζες Σαλεντίνης
      Ρίζες Σαλεντίνης 3 years ago +2

      @Giovanni Acuto "Hoi polloi" is a slang referred to the lower classes, so I don't get the point of your question, I'm sorry. Calabrians (and Salentini too) are ethnically Greeks just like the Greeks of Greece, the only difference is that Italian government forced the Calabrians and Salentini to speak Italian. This is probably the saddest part of Italian history: the assassination of regional languages and cultures, and nobody can deny that, it's history bro.

    • Giovanni Acuto
      Giovanni Acuto 3 years ago +1

      @Ρίζες Σαλεντίνης Sorry. With "hoi polloi" I was just making a joke. One of my best friends in Torino is Calabrese

  • Florian Xhumari
    Florian Xhumari 3 years ago +19

    Lived and worked in Italia couple of years . Really great people full of love and respect for foreigners . Got a lot of friends too . Love Italy as Albania!! No difference at all

    • Master Junky
      Master Junky 3 years ago

      Greetings from Milan european brother

    • Krixx Set
      Krixx Set 3 years ago +1

      lol except the fact that Albania is muslim.. and quite a few other differences.

    • Beni Beni
      Beni Beni 2 years ago

      @Krixx Set so what if we are Muslim? WE ARE PROUD of Islam

  • TurtleTrader
    TurtleTrader 3 years ago +5

    That was an incredible presentation, you brought history alive! :D

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Georgina Paki
    Georgina Paki 2 years ago +1

    Truely fascinating history of a great empire gone but not forgotten so much influence on the worlds modern culture business arts building and infrastructure technology style food & music sport etc. Italy still has a place in our world today . 🇮🇹

  • Jan Filip Fontana
    Jan Filip Fontana 3 years ago +5

    You have done great videos in past and also this is well done, so congratulations!
    But, as an Italian I want to point some things that you didn't say:
    1) I think that for a genetic way of view it must be said that when Rome became the dominant city of Latium in the north (Po Valley) celtic tribes settled and made raids in the south causing problems for the Etruscan and the Italics (The famous Siege of Rome by the Celts);
    2) This is a precisation: you have mentioned the arrival of many germanic people in Italy but you didn't name the most important: the Longobards, which form kingdoms in all italy but settled mostly in northen regions.
    Those settlements of Celts and Germans made the distinction of languages and even of some characteristic genetic differences beetwen the north and the south.
    (It isn't always possible to say only from the look were someone come from but there are some faces that are found mostly in one place).

  • OldManJenkins
    OldManJenkins Year ago +3

    Happy to see Italia being represented! Love from Croatia / Dalmatia

  • Cynthia Pickett
    Cynthia Pickett 3 years ago +40

    Your featurettes are ALWAYS informative; DNA testing has revealed a growing number of Greeks and Italians as distant relatives.

    • Loaded Music
      Loaded Music 3 years ago +9

      Southern Italians have far more Greek ancestry than anything else. Is what it is fratello! 👍

    • Loaded Music
      Loaded Music 3 years ago +5

      Kind of. Latinized Greeks mixed with various indigenous populations. Just like the Medieval Greeks called themselves Romans.

    • Loaded Music
      Loaded Music 3 years ago +2

      Genetically speaking, Greeks and Southern Italians are more similar to each other than they are with anyone else in the world. And what exactly is wrong with that?

    • Loaded Music
      Loaded Music 3 years ago +3

      And the Medieval Greeks were "Romans" for over a thousand years. Both cultures greatly influenced one another! 👍
      My point is that *genetically* modern Greeks and Southern Italians are extremely related.

    • Loaded Music
      Loaded Music 3 years ago +1

      Greek American. Born and raised in the U.S., but both my parents are from Greece. And yourself?

  • exeuroweenie
    exeuroweenie 3 years ago +265

    I'm an Italianophile,loved this.Such a talented people who gave so much to the entire world.And for the record,I don't have any Italian in me.100% Viking background,so I'm gonna plunder Sicily for the espressos.

    • Giulia M
      Giulia M 3 years ago +20

      So kind from you.

    • exeuroweenie
      exeuroweenie 3 years ago +10

      @Giulia M The country is gorgeous,too.

    • Giulia M
      Giulia M 3 years ago +3

      @exeuroweenie yes,it is. Thanks,🙂🙂

      EUGENIO POLO 3 years ago +1

      I'm Italian, one of my dreams is build a drakkar😊

    • Francesco Catalano
      Francesco Catalano 3 years ago +15

      Roger of hauteville was the Norman (Viking) king that united the kingdom of the South with capital Palermo Sicily

  • Cernunnos
    Cernunnos 3 years ago +1

    I love that you mentioned how different food was prior to the 15th century.
    No tomatoes, potatoes, maize, or other fruits, vegetables, would've been known. Imagine Italian food without tomatoes?
    Instead of tomato sauce, the Romans used fish sauce (garum). Bread was the staple.

  • El loro
    El loro Year ago +1

    Que bueno seria que traduzcan los videos de este canal a otros idiomas!!!

  • strafrag1
    strafrag1 3 years ago +4

    Great video. Thanks. My 4 grandparents were from Italy. Two from Agrigento and two from Matera, both extremely old towns. Matera has been settled on and off for 10 millennia. My DNA is Italian, Balkan, Greek and West Asian. This is so interesting to read and hear about. Cheers.

    • Konstantina Papaioannou
      Konstantina Papaioannou Year ago +2

      Matera is a greek name, it means "mother" in dorian greek dialect. The greek colonies in south italy were all founded by dorian greeks emigrating mainly from peloponese. They probably named matera after "mother city", as it was one of the first greek colonies in italy. Your dna test makes complete sense in regards to your greek results.

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

    • strafrag1
      strafrag1 9 months ago +1

      @Konstantina Papaioannou Yes, I always thought it was the word for "mother". Yes and Agrigento was a Greek colony. Cheers.

  • Hans Bok
    Hans Bok 2 years ago +2

    I must commend you Young man for a brilliant channel. coherent and accurate. I watch the same videos several times as there is so much information crammed in. A rare privilege to watch your work

  • Fenny
    Fenny 3 years ago +25

    That ending made me emotional. Thats beautiful how much influence italy had over us westerners, even globally. Man. This channel makes me wanna get a dna test.

    • DANIEL mota
      DANIEL mota 3 years ago +1

      I did the DND text very high detail, about 77% from across the pond, 23% from the americas (surprise but very interesting)

  • Ron JM
    Ron JM 3 years ago +3

    I am a American from Italian Decent (Sicily and Bari) 69%, Greece and Balkans 17% Middle Eastern 14% discovered thru DNA testing. Prior to testing it was thought through family knowledge that we were only of Italian decent. It is wonderful knowing your genetic makeup. All the best!

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Bernardo Benini Fantin
    Bernardo Benini Fantin 3 years ago +8

    The reddest region of Brazil is exactly the borders of the state I live in (Santa Catarina) and in my city, older people can speak a mix of Italian and Portuguese (very regional) called Talian. Also, we all here know a bit (some know a lot) of Talian/Italian and have tons of their habits and culture. We even call ourselves "Italians", or "Germans" for the ones who descend from Germans, reminding that for some we're more Italian/German than "Brazilian" (whatever that means)

    • nath cascen
      nath cascen Year ago +1

      i am italian from milan i had 15 years ago a gf from your city she had germans descendant she told her city was all about italians and germans heritage.

    • Bernardo Benini Fantin
      Bernardo Benini Fantin Year ago

      @nath cascen And it still is 😁

  • Nicholas Dominic
    Nicholas Dominic 2 years ago +2

    Basilicata,where my family is from is on of the most uninhabited counties of Italy just above calabria and I've heard that's just south of the old etruscan settlements. Pretty interesting

  • Mesocricetos
    Mesocricetos 3 years ago +1

    I am italo-brazilian and we developed a great italian based culture here, with external influences too. I admire the contributions made by italians, doesn´t matter the subject, i would hear a lot in classes about Italy and italians in history, math, physics, biology and now on medicine too.

    • Leonel Cantuaria
      Leonel Cantuaria 3 years ago +1

      About 1/5 of Brazilians or 35 million people have italian ancestry in Brazil

  • La Realidad
    La Realidad 2 years ago +2

    Many Italians settled in Australia as well, and many of the older generations refused to ever speak or learn English. In my area they used to account for many of the tobacco farms before the industry was destroyed, and many are still food farmers.

  • 🏺Claudia Mariani D’Amato🏺

    Thank you soo much for this video I’ve been waiting for !!
    As we say in Italy about Greeks ; una faccia una razza , “one face one race “ ❤️❤️ always known it

    • 🏺Claudia Mariani D’Amato🏺
      🏺Claudia Mariani D’Amato🏺 3 years ago +6

      Gev G interesting my mother from Tuscany and I have 14 percent “Armenia and Cyprus “ related DNA .

    • FAMÀ
      FAMÀ 3 years ago +8

      Gev G
      Can you please send proof of that claim that you say , the origins of the Etruscans are from Armenia, because till this day Science still don’t know the origins of the Etruscans, so , please send me the plausible, the facts.

    • FAMÀ
      FAMÀ 3 years ago +6

      Gev G
      That theory was debunked!
      Like I said till this day no one knows , not archeology or anthropology, still open.

    • De Gabe
      De Gabe 3 years ago +4

      Etruscans weren't anything close to Armenians. Science has proven that. Language as well

    • Ghost Of Athens
      Ghost Of Athens 3 years ago +11

      Italians have a lot of Greek roots

  • darren berry
    darren berry 3 years ago +5

    I love your videos, fascinating, must take ages to research. Regarding this video I'm British but lived in Calabria for years, in northern Italy they call it calafrica 🙂

  • John Bava III
    John Bava III 3 years ago +4

    My family on my dad's side hails from Calabria in southern Italy and I recently did one of those 23 and Me DNA tests and it turns out I'm also around 1/8 Balkan. I initially thought it might be from the former Yugoslavia since I also have Eastern European ancestry but I'm inclined to think it's Greek since they ruled that part of Italy for hundreds of years back in the day as one of the maps in this video illustrates. Fascinating stuff and keep it up!

    • Doc Cal
      Doc Cal 3 years ago +1

      Calabria was a Greek Colony. You are Greek😊

  • Paulo Soares Zweimüller
    Paulo Soares Zweimüller 8 months ago +2

    I am brazillian but with italian ancestry from Veneto. My 4x Grandfather was a ww1 soldier :)

  • WOW467
    WOW467 3 years ago +2

    Thank you for going over some of the micronations, Corsica, Sardinia, a little more thoroughly! If still want to look into some interesting stuff in that region, I would study the Talyotic culture of the Balearic Islands, Ceuta, Melilla, and possibly get into Gibraltar in a a little more depth than in the past videos. You've gotten most of my suggestions, so thank you! The only one I am really, really curious about is modern Zoroastrians. I know about the Parsi's and Gabar's, but I still think that would be a fascinating topic to explore in depth for a single video.
    1. Bulgaria
    2. Transylvania Saxons
    3. The Velvet Divorce and Czech and Slovak national identities
    4. Slovenia vs. Slovakia-People get the two countries mixed up a lot, so clarifying them would be helpful
    5. Mali Empire and Mansa Munsa
    6. Mauritania, Morocco, Western Sahara/Sahrawi Republic Movement
    7. Algeria and what happened to the Pied-Noir French settler's kicked out of Algeria?
    8. Civilizations of the Amazon Jungle (which would be good to help educate people about that region given the fires going on right now)
    9. Norte Chico and some of the lesser known native cultures and civilizations of Colombia and Panama
    10. Insular Chile
    11. What if NATO united into one nation?
    12. Your take on Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu, etc.
    13. Who built Gobekli Tepe?
    14. *Special Topic: Indonesia recently announced that it is moving it capital from Jakarta to a new, lightly developed area of Borneo. What's there right now as we speak?
    15. Shetland, Orkney Islands, Isle of Man, and the lesser known inhabited islands of the United Kingdom
    16. Populations of Svalbard and Jan Mayen-what happened to the Russenorsk language?
    17. What happened to the Picts?
    18. Hanseatic League
    19. What if the Kalmar Union existed today?
    20. Neutral Moresnet and Amekijo-The Esperanto speaking country that almost was.
    21. The Vermont Republic and other countries that briefly existed in North America around the time of the Revolution
    22. At one point in time, there were approximately 1800 German micronations in central Europe. What are some of the most interesting stories with those?
    23. Baltic Vikings (Oeselians of Saaremaa)
    24. Ingria Explained
    25. *Special Topic: Pick a subnational region of a random country that you have never heard of before, and analyze interesting facts about the populations there. Yes I am aware that you've done videos on stuff like that before, but I am talking about something brand new.
    26. Pre-Māori settlement of New Zealand theories

  • abogado84
    abogado84 11 months ago

    Half-Sicilian from my paternal side and my maternal side contains Tuscan Italian, Irish, and German. So proud of my Italian heritage and all that we’ve contributed to Western civilization and just humanity in general.
    Also no denying the strong Greek genetic influence in Sicily and the far south. I resemble my Sicilian side a lot and have frequently been mistaken for Greek (but then again it’s not really a mistake I suppose lol). It’s interesting how Catholicism and a Romance language came to supplant Greek and also Arabic in Sicily and the far south. It was actually partially due to the Norman conquest and rule over the region rather than from Roman times.

  • Alovio Anidio
    Alovio Anidio 3 years ago +287

    Around 12% to 15% of Brazilian population has italian ancestry, which means 20 to 30 million people

    • kevin da silva gonçalves
      kevin da silva gonçalves 3 years ago +34

      I would say 40% to 50% in the South

    • Marco Correa
      Marco Correa 3 years ago +23

      I am one of them

    • Miss T.E.A.
      Miss T.E.A. 3 years ago +25

      That's because there was mass migration of Italians to Brazil late 19th and early 20th century.

    • Cynthia Pickett
      Cynthia Pickett 3 years ago +5

      Alovio Anidio A partial explanation of why my various DNA test results are from italy

    • Nerd Large
      Nerd Large 3 years ago +21

      Including the South American Trump, Bolsonaro.

  • Wilbur Mcbride
    Wilbur Mcbride 3 years ago +3

    Keep teaching history my man. People who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. And, people don't want to admit that "we humans"have a very dark history sometimes with many different people persecuted.

  • Abdu rahim
    Abdu rahim 3 years ago +388

    I speak French, Italian, Spanish and Arabic. I love France, Italy and Spain but the most beautiful country, culture, language , food, fashion for me is Italy. Grande bacio

    • Margaret caldarone
      Margaret caldarone 3 years ago +2


    • Kybeline
      Kybeline 3 years ago +10

      Arabic is not a nice language.

    • Brandon
      Brandon 3 years ago +3

      @Kybeline maybe, bud very dificult

    • Abdu rahim
      Abdu rahim 3 years ago +11

      Arabic , Hebrew ,Persian , Turkish, Kurdish and Amharic are from the same family. they are very difficult and rough.

  • larissamargherita
    larissamargherita 3 years ago +1

    Great summary of the main historic events building Italy’s history!
    However, there’s a little mistake: Corsica didn’t just happen to belong to France… “In 1764 by secret treaty Genoa sold Corsica to the Duc de Choiseul, then minister of the French Navy, who bought it on behalf of the crown. On the quiet, French troops gradually replaced Genoese in the citadels” (History of Corsica - Wikipedia)… And their language, Corsican, is a mixture of old Ligurian and old Tuscan. Thank you and Greetings from Switzerland (I come from Lugano, on the beatiful picture of southern Switzerland you’ve put in the video - and now I live in the south-east of Switzerland, where the Romansch language is still spoken and taught in school - BTW, interestigly, Corsica has many similarities with Italian-speaking southern Switzerland in the quality of the rocks, vegetation [extended chestnut-woods], ancient way of building houses of stone, food [polenta, cheese and boar meat]…).

  • my infinity
    my infinity 3 years ago +9

    Thank you for that very interesting and inspiring video! I am 2nd generation Italian. Grandparents From Rome and Naples. I am extremely proud of my Italian heritage.

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      My singer sent back my song in French, Italian and Spanish; Wow , these people have a good education system!
      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Ismail Kukes
    Ismail Kukes Year ago +3

    Im Albanian and the country i love the most is Italy. Love they ancient history. Love everything they have

  • General Michael Constantine

    Una faccia una razza 🇮🇹🇬🇷

  • AKO
    AKO 3 years ago +1

    Very informative video without all the nonsense and bad jokes you see these days. I'm a Dutchman living in Spain, but very fond of Italy as well, especially Tuscany, Venice and the deep south.

  • Caleb Churchill
    Caleb Churchill 3 years ago +1

    Love these videos man. Keep up the good work

  • Mateo D
    Mateo D 2 years ago +4

    Fascinating, thx! There are so many empires throughout history that, for better or worse, have left their 'mark' on the countries and cultures they conquered. But contrasted with purely 'taker' empires, we really gotta give credit to the Romans/Italians, and later the Brits, who both were great 'organizers' that largely seem to have left their 'conquests' better than they found 'em... with a legacy of things like roads, waterways, and other great engineering projects, to language, writing, economic, political, and legal systems all still in use even today.

    • Raina bosworthf
      Raina bosworthf Year ago

      Thank you 😊

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • AnthonyRizzuti
    AnthonyRizzuti 3 years ago +59

    Couldn’t be more proud of my heritage

  • spideraxis
    spideraxis 3 years ago +2

    Thanks, really enjoyed this. Just by virtue of its location, The Italian peninsula was the entrance to Europe for many from other parts of Europe and the Middle East. All of my ancestors are from Italy, but a DNA test does reveal that I have some Middle Eastern and Russian ancestry. A few points and corrections. I have been to Sicily and have family there. I have never known of any Greek spoken there. Italian dialects are numerous, but after WWII the government authorized the Fiorentino language as official, and it is basically spoken throughout. Sicilian, a language and not a dialect (although similar to Italian) is mostly used in folk songs and home life, not in schools or business. Roughly 7% of the French population is of direct Italian descent. Friuli is pronounced "Free-OO-lee", not "Fry-OO-Lee."

    • Guest
      Guest 2 years ago +1

      In the southern part of Puglia you'll find some towns that have dialects with a heavy Greek influence. Calimera, Castrignano, Martano, Zollino, etc....

    • Giovanni Mxxxxxx
      Giovanni Mxxxxxx 9 months ago

      Your corrections are not really corrects, sorry. Especially about the spoken greek and the official italian.

  • Eduardo Cury
    Eduardo Cury 3 years ago +29

    Venetian Brazilian over here 🇮🇹🇧🇷🇮🇹🇧🇷. Love these videos

    • Alan Andalon
      Alan Andalon 3 years ago +3

      Eduardo Cury Venetian Mexican over here!

    • M.Đ
      M.Đ 3 years ago +4

      @Alan Andalon pizza everywhere man

    • Sopmod Õ8
      Sopmod Õ8 3 years ago +2

      Brasileiro provavelmente siciliano

    • Eduardo Cury
      Eduardo Cury 3 years ago +1

      Alan Andalon awsome dude! Isn’t there a city in Mexico where people still speak the Venetian dialect?

    • André Cinelli 🇻🇦
      André Cinelli 🇻🇦 2 years ago +1

      Um salve de um descendente de florentinos 🇧🇷🇮🇹

  • XdZ 10
    XdZ 10 3 years ago +15

    Italians genetically have been pretty much the same for the last thousands years. Each invading people left a mark, maybe just locally, but not enough to change the landscape a lot because they were mostly just armies numbering a few thousand people while italy had a population of milions (10/15 at the peak of the roman empire, around 5 when it fell). Also during the last ice age Italy was even more isolated (it already is quite a bit) because of the alps being impossible to pass, so genetically there is a core of people that can even track its ancestry even before the last ice age. Btw, all of this is true for most european countries: spain, portugal, white french etc. The only notable exception are the english whom indeed managed to remove the people living in England with their invasion in the 6th century.

    • Crash gang We don’t believe u
      Crash gang We don’t believe u 3 years ago +2

      XdZ 10 the ppl living in England where celts they where white lol Greeks r white Italians r white Spainish r white French r all Europeans r white originally it’s just been messed up because of all the mixing because of the Islamic empire

    • DezRav668
      DezRav668 Year ago +6

      @Crash gang We don’t believe u Because you are an american, You have no idea where you are standing up... European ethnicities look completely different from eachother, A group of Estonians would look extremely exotic among the ethnic Maltese people. That label of "white" is the social construct and simplification term to push the agenda to homogenize extremely diverse peoples. no such thing as "white" or "non-white" that is the obsession of the Amerimutt, no wonder people mock you guys so much. Celts look very different from greeks. The concept white does not even describe a phenotype.. There is Slavic , Latin/mediterranean, Baltic, GErmanic, Celtic/Briton, etc looks all of them quite distinctive and different from Eachother.. Even between Slavs, people in the Southern Balkans are extremely different from people in North-West Russia. Remember Europe is not a monolith and never will.. and this Idea of "Europeans", even worse "White Europeans" , such a vague, simplistic and inaccurate term, when I go to Rome or Madrid the natives to me are SOuthern European/Latin/Mediterranean because that is the culture I feel, a completely different world from being surrounded among locals in smaller cities /towns in countries like Denmark, Estonia or Iceland.

    • XdZ 10
      XdZ 10 10 months ago

      @Alberto ; Didn't say it remained the same, but the core was mostly established 2000+ years ago and pratically completed by AD 1000. Alps are a significant barrier, and the peninsula is fragmentend by the apennines. Invasions? Depends which and where. Lombards in Friuli, which was in decline since the Hunninc invasions, sure. They left a considerable mark, although didn't sub the population. Normans in southern italy? Literally a 1000 knights ruling a population of 3/4 milions. Swabians? literally a dynasty, not a population.

    • XdZ 10
      XdZ 10 10 months ago +2

      @Alberto ; Also, you have to remember that preindustrial society is agrarian. Only 10/15 % of the population is urban. Mixing people in such a context is difficult.

  • Nicole Berens
    Nicole Berens 3 years ago +6

    Very impressed he takes the time to make such videos. Thank you!!!!
    I enjoyed the comments down below about learning more from him than school! :))))

    • Lynda Faye
      Lynda Faye 9 months ago

      Is that why he has to talk so fast- to get ready for another video? ?
      Ana Marie Ceuca sings Lynda Faye's
      "One Enchanted Evening I Found an Old Friend" in Italian

  • Satishkumar Nedungadi
    Satishkumar Nedungadi 2 years ago +8

    Italy was the centre modern science and gave this world many discoveries based on which the modern world developed many of its present technologies. Further, Italy has given this world many cuisines. The only dark period of Italy was when it passed into fascism under Mussolini. Italy is today a very respectable nation in the comity of modern nations.

  • Albert Maniscalco
    Albert Maniscalco 3 years ago +3

    @Masaman please do Sicily next as there are a lot of misconceptions and it has some of the most interesting gene pools in all of Europe/Mediterranean basin

  • History of Ukraine / Kyiv / Ukrainian culture

    Interesting history, especially about Roman empire, thanks for video! Love Italy from Ruthenia (Ukraine)!

  • George
    George 3 years ago +4

    I love how unbiased you are

  • Dawud Bey
    Dawud Bey 3 years ago +1

    It’s interesting how he mentioned very little of the African influence on Italy. Moorish influences is still one of the most hidden and not spoken about (711-1942).

  • Eric Forsberg
    Eric Forsberg 3 years ago +39

    I am half Sicilian, living in America as the first generation in my bloodline to speak English from from birth (or soon after). I do speak what my family calls Italian, but when I went to Italy they said that I spoke like I was from 100 years ago from "the South". In fact, upon occasion, in a more rustic Northern Italian crowd, they said I was an "African". But I am very proud of my Sicilian Heritage - and I plan to learn more and more of my Sicilian Dialect as I bone up on my Italian. Sicily has a great History. And Within the Sicilian Culture and Language are the Hidden Gems of Early Europe.

    • J
      J 3 years ago

      Vindexproeliator I don’t know if you’re being facetious but I’m sure he means the United States a lot of the Americans (United statians? Lol) call the states america when all of North America, central and South America is the America’s

    • Giovanni Mxxxxxx
      Giovanni Mxxxxxx 9 months ago

      Sicilian language worth to be studied for sure, but for the culture, not for the use. Like in every italian area, there isn't a single language. I could call it dialect as well, it wouldn't be an issue to me (I love and respect it anyway), because there's no official Sicilian, unlike Italian (and that's why so many argues about language vs dialect, just because official italian does exist, and people use to forget that fundamental thing). For you it's good to communicate with your relatives, but sicilian is a land-based language. To get it useful, you should live where that kind of Sicilian is spoken. Don't get me wrong, you may still be able to understand other Sicilian variants, but if there's no Sicilian language classes, have to be a reason! Hugs from Italy.

    • Giovanni Mxxxxxx
      Giovanni Mxxxxxx 9 months ago

      ​@Alexeon The funny thing is that English is the official language of the US, a nation that seems to forget that the US is not the whole of America. Argentina is also part of an America. The people the US simply calls Americans are definitely North Americans, but how to distinguish them from Canadians, who also live in North America (and a larger area for more)? Oh yes, they are THE Americans, not even North Americans, everyone else is something else, like a frame.
      I am European, but if you are tired enough of that, I am tired enough of feeling disrespectful to other people living in the Americas, who are just American as much as you are. And for sure, they don't waste the planet's resources as US people do.
      I was forgetting… in Italian actually there is a demonym for US: Statunitensi. It's a matter of respect.

  • Luan_Pereira
    Luan_Pereira 2 years ago +17

    Salute to all Italians brothers! ✨🙏 I love Italians people , culinary, culture, history .. my wife grandmother is daughter of Italy man .. I from Brazil so many people had Italian decent.😌😌👏👏👏

    • André Cinelli 🇻🇦
      André Cinelli 🇻🇦 2 years ago +2

      Somos 30 milhões só no Brasil :)

    • Studio Artist
      Studio Artist 2 years ago +1

      You can get Italian citizenship through your great-grandfather. Italy grants citizenship by descent.