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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:46 pm    Post subject: Translation please Reply with quote

Can someone please translate this to English? I really appreciate the help.
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Napoléon Scrugli est né, à la fin de 1803, à Tropea, ville maritime qui est sur le versant occidental des Calabres, à six milles nord-est du cap Vaticano. La puissance napoléonienne grandissait prodigieusement en Italie à la meme époque. -L'oncle paternel de Scrugli, qui était curé et qui se distinguait d'ailleurs dans l'Académie scientifique et littéraire, de l'école de laquelle sortit le célèbre philosophe Galluppi, voyant que l'on avait fait croire à la plèbe, toujours ignorante, que Napoléon-le-Grand était d'une grande laideur, voulut en profiter pour justifier, aux du public, le nom de Napoléon qu'il imposait à son neveu, qui naquit très-laid; il le fit sans donte pour cacher ses tendances libérales. Ce meme oncle répondit à ceux qui lui firent remarquer la laideur du nouveau-né: 'Qu'importe! c'est un garcon; -qui sait s'il ne sera pas un jour utile à son pays!'.
Lorsqu'on se disposait, en 1810, par ordre de l'empereur, à envahir la Sicile, le roi Murat, s'arretant trois jours à Tropea, y fut recu et hébergé par M. Scrugli père, maire de la ville. Reconnaissant du brillant accueil recu, le roi concéda au jeune Scrugli une borse au Collége de marine de Naples, où celui-ci fut recu en 1811, agé de sept ans.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:26 am    Post subject: Re: Translation please Reply with quote

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Cathy,
Very interesting. I will translate it for you first thing tomorrow morning. It's close to mid-night for me and very tired now. I just came back from a short trip ...Promise!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Translation please Reply with quote

Cathy,

Here it is. Of course the 1800's writing style was less direct than today's.

NAPOLEONE SCRUGLI was born a the end of 1803 in Tropea, a maritime commune, situated at the occidental coast of the Calabrias, about 6 miles northeast of Capo Vaticano.

During that period , in Italy , the Napoleonic power had increased prodigiously.

The paternal uncle of (Napoleone) Scrugli, who had been a parish priest, had distinguished himself from some time, as a member of the Scientific and Literary Academy – the very same school which also produced the notable philosopher Galluppi.

(The uncle) understood that people, who were for the most part ignorant, were made to believe that the Great Napoleon was very ugly. He decided to take advantage of that in order to justify to the public in general the name “Napoleone” he had given to his nephew, born very ugly, in order to gain a liberal sympathy.

This same uncle, to those which commented on the ugliness of his just new born nephew , answered : “Why it is important? He is a boy,and who knows if one day he will not become important to his country?

At this time, 1810, Murat, then the king – was ordered by the Emperor to leave. On his escape to Sicily he stopped for 3 days in Tropea, where he was received and hosted by M. Scrugli’s father, then Mayor of the City

Being grateful for the outstanding hospitality the king (Murat) endowed Napoleone Scrugli with a grant to the Marine College of Naples, where he was later received in 1811. He was then only 7 years old.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Translation please Reply with quote

WOW!!!!! This is exiting, thanks for translating that Sophia


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Translation please Reply with quote

Thank you very much Sophia. Your time is greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Translation please Reply with quote

Cathy,

Happy to help! Amazing, you're finding more and more information! Found some other last names, arberesh in origin, that may be variations of the one you're looking for.

Because of the 2 dialect variations it is quite possible that the written forms follow the pronunciation.

I have ordered some books on the dialects, and hope I will be able to, eventually, figure it all out! Hoping!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Translation please Reply with quote

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Thanks. Glad to help.

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