Magistrato de la Biastema — Dizionario

Magistrato de la Biastema

Giuseppe Boerio (1754-1832) published his Dizionario del Dialetto Veneziano (Dictionary of the Venetian Dialect) in 1829 (2nd ed. 1856, 3rd ed. 1867). It is an invaluable tool for anybody who reads texts from the time of the Republic of Venice.

MAGISTRACY OF BLASPHEMY, was the name in the Venetian government of a senatorial magistracy made up of four patricians, who were titled Executors against blasphemy, who formed the Consiglio del Sant’Uffizio, and they had the inspection of the prostitutes.

Italian original

MAGISTRATO DE LA BIASTEMA, dicevasi nel governo Veneto ad una Magistratura senatoria composta di quattro patrizii, che erano intitolati Esecutori contro la bestemmia, i quali entravano a comporre il Consiglio del Sant`Uffizio , ed avevano poi l’ispezione sulle meretrici.

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