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Michael San Filippo

Champion of the Palatine Hill

By January 14, 2012

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If you're looking for a new Italian word to describe a "strong supporter of a cause" or "heroic champion," look no further than the Palatine Hill. According to Wordsmith.org, the English word "paladin" originates from the Italian paladino, "after Palatine, the name of the centermost of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built...and where Roman emperors had their palaces built."

The Corriere della Sera Dizionario della Lingua Italiana has this entry for paladino:

paladino [pa-la-dý-no] s.m.
1 Cavaliere di alta nobiltÓ e valore che viveva alla corte di Carlo Magno e lo accompagnava in guerra, ampiamente rappresentato nella letteratura cavalleresca

2 fig. (f. -na) Difensore, protettore di qualcuno o di qualcosa: farsi protettore dei deboli, della libertÓ (secola XIII)

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January 25, 2012 at 9:17 am
(1) emitot says:

italian slang love it

January 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm
(2) Learn Italian Online Free says:

Well, that’s a new word for me. Perhaps, there are still many words that are not familiar to me and I really want to know those words. Anyways, I had this information very useful.

February 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(3) Paolina says:

BUFFALO had a local developer named Carl Paladino who ran for the NY State Governor’s position. His demeanor and manner was in no way like a Carolingian knight, nor an ancient Roman resident of the Palatine. unless you reference the more brutal types in the above categories.Talk
about being MISNAMED!

December 7, 2013 at 11:37 am
(4) Bruce says:

It was probably no accident that the hero in the 1960s TV western series “Have Gun Will Travel”, was named Paladin. Despite being a hired gun, he always fought for justice and valiantly defended the weak against the bad guys.

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