Hat tip to Gates of Vienna for all of the stories/links on this post. All of them came from their newsfeed.
Friends, Romans, and Countrymen, let us party hard as the system collapses.
Although the organizer of the wildly expensive and risque toga party, attended by Italian politicians and presumably other notables, asserts that the event was not billed to the taxpayers, austerity-hit Italians did not appreciate the extravagant display.
From the top link:
"Party-goers dressed in tunics, centurion helmets and flowing white robes were photographed drinking from amphorae and feeding each other grapes, in a lavish party which critics compared to the excesses of the Roman Empire.
Fittingly the party, which was attended by around 2,000 people and cost 30,000 euros, was held in Rome.
Under the theme, “Ulysses returns and confronts his enemies”, party-goers drank expensive Champagne and cocktails while dressed as gods, goddesses and mythical heroes.
It has become the focus of a scandal over the lavish spending of taxpayers’ money by politicians that threatens to bring down the regional government of Rome, dominated by Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party."...............................