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See also Talk:Barbaro family/Archive1

re "The noble Barbaro family continues to exist today"[edit]

A Web search of the contents of the Zorzi book cited comes up with three occurrences of the name Barbaro in it, none of which have anything to do with the family's present-day existence; and I can find no evidence for the other cited source at all. Unless sources through which this statement can be verified are cited in such a way that they can be checked, it should, I think, remain out of the article. Deor (talk) 00:02, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

  • Indicating that noble Barbaros are still in existance is relevant to the history of the family and for futur research of its existing memebers. The information that I added is coming from the Zorzi book: On pages 261-292 there is a section labled: "Chronology, Doges, Patrician Families, Regiments, and Place Names. On p. 278 under THE VENETIAN PATRICIATE "existing families as of 1999, the fith one down is "BARBARO: An Illustrious family that produced, among others, the humanist and politician Marc'Antonio, and his brother Francesco, Patriarch of Aquileia, both of whom were patrons of Palladio and Veronese." Zorzi, the author of the book, also comes from a Venetian noble family too.Mctrain (talk) 00:21, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

In the the 2005 book "Filosofia e storiografia" by Francesca Rizzo and Girolamo Cotroneo, it states the following on pg.377:

<<quella serie luminosissima di eroi, che mentre stanno a decoro dell'Italica, dirò meglio, dell'umana famiglia, formano la gloria prima della patria [ossia della città di Venezia] e l'onorato orgoglio dei nepoti>>. In effeti dall'Enciclopedia storico-nobiliare italiana, I, Milano 1928, pp.502-503, risulta che nel 1818 due discendenti di Ermalao Barbaro, Giovanni Battista ed Alessandro Barbaro, divenuto consigliere aulico e presidente del Tribunale di Treviso, morì nel 1846.

Gustav von Humpelschmumpel (talk) 10:40, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

This page is filled with old talk[edit]

The talk on this page is out dated, and can be filed away. I have tried to archive it, but it is hard to do. If someone knows how to do that, please do, thanks.Mctrain (talk) 15:36, 11 May 2008 (UTC)

Done. Bishonen | talk 18:17, 15 May 2008 (UTC).

Sockpuppetry and hoaxes[edit]

Hello, Per this sockpuppet report, and this checkuser request, several editor who have made significant edits to this page, have been confirmed as abusive sockpuppets/sockpuppeteers:

  • User:Mctrain
  • User:Tiki-two
  • The IP range
    • Note: These IP's come from a large ISP pool, so I want to make it clear I'm not specifically accusing all IP edits starting with 65... of being this person. But it appears many of them are.

The Checkuser (see bottom of WP:RFCU link) indicates this person has a long history of adding hoax material to articles; unfortunately, they also seem to have a history of adding legitimate information as well, so their changes can't just be blindly-reverted. I do not have enough knowledge of this particular subject to be helpful, but I suggest those of you who do, and regularly maintain this page, go back and review these users' additions, remove anything they've added that can't be sourced and verified, and add citations for anything that can be sourced but is currently unreferenced, to remove any suspicion of the legitimacy of the article.

They appear to be somewhat prolific, so if a new account shows up lobbying for re-insertion of any material you folks end up deleting as unsourced, I'd suggest being a bit wary, and insisting even more strongly than perhaps we usually do on verifiable, reliable sources for everything they try to add. They tend to cite "rare" sources that they have in their possession, so I guess emphasis on "verifiable".

I'm not checking each article I tag with this information, so if you've already noticed this misbehavior and dealt with it, feel free to mark this section resolved or something. --barneca (talk) 16:01, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

Improving the article[edit]

Right now, this article is rather poorly organized, and it would benefit from expansion and additional clarity. I also think that the title is rather vague- especially since Barbaro can also be a common family surname. This article should follow suit with other noble family articles by calling it "House of Barbaro", rather than "Barbaro family"Dr.Oak (talk) 14:06, 14 August 2008 (UTC) (sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC))

Considering the fate of other users who have shown an interest in both Fenwick High School and the Barbaro family, I think I'd steer well clear of this article if I were you. That's just my opinion, of course. Deor (talk) 15:51, 14 August 2008 (UTC)


Just some general organization has taken place to improve flow, grammar and clarity. I can not add anything else than what I added. My sugestion is to change the title to House of Barbaro- but I clarified that in the text as it stands. Take careDr.Oak (talk) 17:01, 14 August 2008 (UTC) (sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC))

Sorry, but no mention of Vitus Barbaro or other supposed living members of this family are getting into the article without impeccable sourcing that can be verified by other WP editors. As for your other changes, they are also unsourced and do not improve the article. Further efforts on your part to insert unsourced material relating to the Barbaro family will result in a report at WP:SSP. Clearly, you couldn't take the hint in my response in the preceding section of this page. Deor (talk) 18:32, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

This article, with Deor's version, is very poorly written[edit]

Right now, there are mistakes in the family's historical founding of their arms. Poor wording in "ancestral device", which is ambiguous to say the least, no clarification of family branches, no clarity to which branch owned which palace, no real indication of the family's substantial contribution towards art, letters, politics, and civic rights, and no information on the titles the family held. We also have no information about the House today as it exists. These are just some of the most glaring issues.

I also see that a previous version existed with exceptional sourcing and information, that event went far beyond anything that I could write, and that was reverted too. I did a google search on the main source used which showed up easily , the "golden book" which was the main source in an alumnus biography that I used also came up easily, in fact there is a page on Wikipedia for it, Libro d'Oro.

I don't see how anyone can reject sources that, to anyone, seem to be the best to use for a topic like this, So I don't understand, or perceive to be rational, a history of reverting to a poorly written and stingy article in terms of info offered. There is a substantial article on Villa Barbaro alone, and when it comes to the family, which should even be more important, there is barely nothing. This does not make sense. The sourcing is there for anyone to check further. I don't really think that an historical family could use any other sourcing that what I gave or previous editors used.

There is also grave need to develope articles about each acting head of the family, Vitus Barbaro (for S. Vio) and Anthony Cremona Barbaro (for S. Giorgio), both are listed in the Libro d'Oro- and the former is a substantial engineer, he has collaborated with Ferrari, Panos, Bentley, Bugatti, and Vision Industries- to just name a few that I know of. He would benefit from his own article within the automobile designer categorie.

I also highly resent the threat about "taking the hint", which I don't even really know what that is suppose to mean, and why this was said to me. Libro d'Oro is an "impeccable" source to use, that anyone can check. What better source than that could someone use?

Right now, this is an awful article to say the least, shut down for most editors, and constantly reverted from what I can see in the edit history. These are all barriers from allowing anyone to even improve on it.Dr.Oak (talk) 00:28, 15 August 2008 (UTC) (sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC))

heh. Good one. Corvus cornixtalk 06:10, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Reverting mix-up?[edit]

I think there may have been some sort of reverting mix-up with this article. 13:56, 10 June 2008 appears quite excellent, well sourced, and very accurate from the sources I have seen, but I am afraid to rectify anything in fear of being labled a vandal or sock. if someone knows more please help- this article deserves better. thanksDr.Oak (talk) 02:21, 15 August 2008 (UTC) (sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC))

Mmhm. Corvus cornixtalk 06:10, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

This does not make sense?[edit]

I did some exploration of other notable Italian families, and I came across this, House of Borghese. A notable member is "Justin Ryan di Cosola" who is suppose to be a grandson, not even of the same name- and the article has absolutely no referencing. Then I see that there is a substantial article about the Barbaro family, well sourced that all checks out within a basic google search, and I am suppose to be afarid that I am going to be blocked if I actually use my brain to revert it? How can you have an article with a stub for expansion, yet anyone who addresses the topic is in fear of being labled a sock or vandal- and why wouldn't people from Fenwick be interested in this topic- the main acting head went there. This is dumb, sources are in article for people to check on their own, and in this case, I know what I am talking about. If you are just going to block everyone who addresses this topic, this article will never be up to any wiki standard- and right now, it is just garbage, and factually wrong. I am going to step up and be the leader in this case, and do something right, instead of playing what seems like a very childish game. I doun't like having been given an ultimatum with a threat of being blocked, that smells of tyranny Dr.Oak (talk) 03:27, 15 August 2008 (UTC) (sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC))

Txs - zapped some Borgheses. Johnbod (talk) 10:20, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Vandalism and Poor Editing[edit]

There is some editor by the name of Edward321 who keeps reverting everything new added to this article- which he seems to not know about what he is editing. He keeps removing the link Albergo from this article that is clearly related to this topic. I don't understand how a stub can grow if unknowing people keep reverting related links to this page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:53, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

Anyone who checks the page history will see that the variable IPs accusationas are false and fail to assume good faith. Numerous people have edited this article and I have not reverted them, though the article has a long history of being a primary target for hoaxing, and I do expect sourcing because of this. Albergo is only peripherally related to the Barbaro family, the Albergo article mentions there were 28 of them at one point. Edward321 (talk) 15:05, 4 December 2008 (UTC)
  • First off, a history of hoaxing on a certain related topic- does not constitute that what every other person has added there after is a hoax- we should also refrain from personal attacks. Also, I do not know how to add those sourcing notations for new infomation that I can source, but I never intended on doing any major work on this topic anyway, but clearly the link of Albergo is relevant and adds additional information. If you want to add the link within the body of the text and put a citaion for it from the Albergo page- that's cool- I do not know how to cite, so I added a see also section- which is just fine, I see it on other articles- but don't remove valid additional information- that behavior is dumb.
  • Hey Edward321 your latest edit works too- stay cool, take care. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:21, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

Corrupt Wikipedia practices[edit]

Wikipedia administrators have been controlling this page and other Barbaro family members pages from having valid sources and information being added to it. They continually remove vaild sourcing and citations, and they make up false cases against any person trying to improve this page or the others related to it. They have an agenda from seeing it grow- and they makes up false cases against innocent contributors. Check the history of the page, you wll see countless contributors who have added valid sourcing and good-faith edits that have all been removed, and contributors have all been blocked, with false cases of sockpuppettry and or hoaxing. Just awful and unethical practices. Just administrator kids who don't know anything about the the topic they revert and who are on their little power trips, guided only by immaturity and ignorance of subject matter. (talk) 13:02, 24 December 2008 (UTC) (sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC))

Au contraire, the edits you cite are always accompanied with the promise of reliable sourcing that never quite seems to materialize. This hoax is well-known on Wikipedia and goes back quite a long way. I see that the group of hoaxers has mastered Wikilawyer-speak, too. (ESkog)(Talk) 16:33, 24 December 2008 (UTC)


I hate to protect talk pages, even just semi-protection, but in this case I feel it is warranted. Normally we would just block IPs for evading blocks, but this hoaxer (or group of hoaxers) appears to have a large variety of IPs at his/their disposal. It's all the same text-dump nonsense though, and many of them tend to edit other comments, especially to remove the name "Vitus Barbaro" from other people's comments (primarily so that the next version of the hoax doesn't yield search results from the last one). (ESkog)(Talk) 07:56, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

Sourcing mix-up[edit]

I'm correcting a clerical mistake that I made to recently added information. I have notes written down in a ledger for a paper that I am writing on the topic, the sourcing that I added by mistake pertained to different points in my notes right above the points that I added to this article. The information is correct, but the notations were a clerical mistake. The proper notation is: Spretti, Vittorio; L'encyclopedie Storico-Nobiliare (Barbaro), Milano 1932 pgs 275-278. I will fix the notations properly- sorry for the mix up.Cavourman (talk) 03:58, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Recent edits[edit]

I've been using Gbooks to check the actual sources listed, as well as comparing the Italian version of the article. Sitwell does not support some of the claims, so I have removed them. [1] Tafuri does not mention the rebuilding of the church facade, nor a family crypt. [2] I'm doubtful of the Zenkert reference. It seems to be a German translation of a 12 page work by Tintoretto and it seems unlikely it would focus on charitable work instead of art, let alone mention the Barbaros. [3] Edward321 (talk) 15:54, 30 August 2009 (UTC)

An Edward 321 keeps reverting[edit]

A person by the name of Edward 321 keeps reverting to an innacurrate statement. I checked google books- and Admirmal Barbaro did not fly a severed hand. The statement say with a severed hand, HE DREW A CIRCLE ONTO A TURBAN- which he then proceeded to fly the turban in the manner of a pennant from his mastehead. He didn't fly the hand, but the turban. Why don't you read the statement. Instead of mindlessly reverting.Jky52 (talk) 14:49, 16 October 2009 (UTC) sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

I just checked page 165 and the source really says that he painted a circle, so I reverted it back and put a link to the specific page. Edward, please check the linked page carefully. --Enric Naval (talk) 15:29, 16 October 2009 (UTC)
In google books I can see a travelling guides that tell the same version of the history (I can only see fragments of the page, and I can't directly to the page) [4](page 126, published in 1891)[5](unknown page)[6] (pag 189) [7] (page 103) This last book was published in 1884, so it's an old story. The similar wording makes it look like recent books just copied the story from old books. --Enric Naval (talk) 15:43, 16 October 2009 (UTC)
      • This page really justifies much more work on it. Also, there is more to the Barbaro family coat of arms/history- but Edward 321 keeps reverting it- it appears that he has some agenda against this topic. For example, you can use google books to look at a book by Alvise Zorzi, called Venetian Palaces- and Zorzi even talks about an evolution of the arms meaning when Marco Barbaro was a general in Romania. That should be on this page. Edward 321, also went and removed a very important church in Venice, that was designed by the Barbaro family, and has several important members on the front of it as statues.
      • So be on the look out for individuals who are removing validly sourced info. For example, in "The Stones of Venice, Volume 3, p137- there is a large discussion of the Church of Santa Maria Zobenigo- which it says, and I quote is 'entirely dedicated to the Barbaro family". It talks about the statues of Barbaro family members etc. Edward 321 removed that from the page- why? [User:Jky52|Jky52]] (talk) 18:51, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

      • Also, people keep damaging sourcing on Wikipedia- they keep re-editing what a source says, or they remove the vaid sourcing footnote- and then eveything ends up being different than what was originally there- it's really one big mess.Jky52 (talk) 19:19, 16 October 2009 (UTC) sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC)
As he said in the section immediately above this one, Edward321 removed the information about Santa Maria Zobenigo because it wasn't supported by the reference cited in the article. You're welcome to add to the article any relevant information for which you can provide reliable sources. However, there have been some problems with unverifiable and poorly sourced information in this article in the past, so any additions are going to attract close scrutiny to ensure that they are well supported. Deor (talk) 19:30, 16 October 2009 (UTC)
  • I had thought Jky was just removing sourced info with their 2nd edit,like they had with their first. [8] Thanks to Eric for catching things. I hope he continues to keep an eye on this page. Edward321 (talk) 00:40, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

The Barbaro family page is a mess[edit]

I appreciate Edward 321's attempt at expanding this page- but the topic is all messed up. In Zorzi' book on Venice, he clearly states that at even up to 1999 the family is still in existence. There are several branches to the family. It is only the group at San Vidal, at Palazzo Barbaro, that becomes extinguished in the 19th century. There's a group at Palazzo Dario that continues on and a Maltese group that is still in existence too. To just pick senetences out of books, without knowing the context surrounding it does not create a good encyclopedia page- a person actually needs to know something about a topic they are editing. The last point about the family going extinct needs to go, unless you specify that you are talking about the one branch that was at San Vidal- that did go extinct in the 19th century.

Also, why is there such an emphasis of the 4 patriarches- there are members who are a marquis and with other elevated titles too- there was one member who actually was elected Doge, but he turned down the honor by his own choosing. Again, there seems to be just sentence placing within this page- because, not to be offensive or sound authoritarian, it is not being composed by someone who knows a great deal about this topic.

Also, the book you are using, for the last point, is not a historical book, it is a recent fictional novel that I have read- the author uses real pople and topics in fictional ways- including talking about Giovanni Agnelli, the late FIAT head. That book is not a valid source.Jky52 (talk) 19:34, 17 October 2009 (UTC) sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

I am also concerned about the history of the family arms because Zorzi who is a far greater authority talks about a different history n 'Venetian Palaces' book- he says Marco Barbaro who was general in Romania lost his standard and then used a bloody bandage around his head on a spear to invent the Barbaro arms that is used today. Something is wrong here- there is more to it- and only what is fully accurate should stay- at least for the time being- that being that the family arms is a red circle on a white field.Jky52 (talk) 19:45, 17 October 2009 (UTC) sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

Some improvements

I'm trying to make some improvenets: I added the link of Patricians to the Republic of Venice, which is better than Venetian patrician family- the Republic of Venice was when nobles held the title Patrician of Venice- better than just a link to Venice which is too general. Jky52 (talk) 23:03, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

I completed restructing the page into a more organized topic. Before, there was alot of details to individual buildings- there is no need for that since there are links to those structures already- and when you open them they are already referenced with notation- much simpelier and better this way. I think the page looks pretty good now.Jky52 (talk) 23:43, 17 October 2009 (UTC) sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

City of Falling Angels is not a novel, it is a non-fiction work. [9] Besides, you clearly consider it reliable enough of a source to leave it in when it says positive things about the Barbaros.

*This is typical of what happens on Wikipedia- which consistently proves that wikipedia behaves in a biased manner. Obviously, you have an agenda against this topic- given your tone. First, don't tell me that the "City of Fallen Angels is not a novel- because I read it- it is not an art history book by any means- it is not a reliable historical work. 2nd, the first statement that was left from the book, is so obvious that it doesn't even need a source- open up any blue link from any one of the notable members even listed- and anyone can tell that some members were scientists, others were diplomatics etc.- it is completely obvious.Jky52 (talk) 20:53, 18 October 2009 (UTC) sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

We can’t tell what Zorzi says about anything in his book on architecture, since it has no preview available. [10] Regardless of what Zorzi says or doesn’t say, other sources all agree about Marco Barbaro chopping off a man's hand to make the bloody banner rather than using a bandage from around his own head. [11] [12] I’ve added the first few that caught my eye, including a recent book about the Barbaro family. Edward321 (talk) 18:52, 18 October 2009 (UTC)

  • Just because you think every answer in the world is attainable by a google search, is not my problem or anyone elses but your own. Did I add the Zorzi reference to the page, no, because there is a conflict between one version and another- or that if we just add one part of the story, your referenced point, it presents an incomplete picture of the full and accurate meaning of its origins. Therefore, it is logical to just add what is absolutely clear. Also, I don't feel that the point of Barbaro using the severed hand- is bad in any way, because the version that I read has a much more fuller background to the senario- it was a response to the opposing admiral who was gutting Venetians, and using their blood to paint graffitti onto the sails of Venetian galleys. Barbaro was making a poetic statement, that the very same hand that behaved in such a barbaric manner, now used its own blood to end such barbarism- the ring had come full circle- if you will. Finally, the Barbaro family is not extinct, I can source Zorzi, I can source the Maltese register of the family, which is even on line- only the Barbaros who were at San Vidal became extinct. Period. If you want to leave your statment becasue you have some issue against this topic- you can do that- and I can just validly source a conflicting statement proving that there are still noble Barbaros in existence- how stupid would that be. The only logical thing to do is remove your statemnt- or qualify it- since the family is so big and complex- removing it is the logical way to go.

In short, the page that I reorganized was just fine, you just want to make things harder- because obviously you have a sensitive ego and some need to make things more difficult than they need to be. You seem to have some jealousy issues with this topic- and you would really be better off to just walk away from it- you are not behaving rationally.Jky52 (talk) 20:53, 18 October 2009 (UTC) sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

The link recently added by Jky52 is based on self-proclaimed scholar Charles Said Vassallo’s website and is original research on his part. Said Vassallo is currently indefinitely blocked under their Tancarville nick [13] [14]

Much of Said Vasallo’s work has been deleted, including at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Barone Francesco Gauci , the large list deleted at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Barony of Tabria, and another large list mentioned at Wikipedia: Deletion review/Log/2008 June 2. Most of the people arguing to keep the articles were Tancarville or a variety of single purpose accounts. Given years, Said Vassalo was unable to come up with any reliable sources. Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Royalty and Nobility/Archive 3#Maltese nobility

Among the things Said Vassallo asserts as true in the linked article Marchesi di San Giorgio and Counts Von Zimmermann have both been deleted from Wikipedia due to lack of sources. There’s no independent evidence that any of the Barbaros listed are related to the Barbaro family. Edward321 (talk) 03:31, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

I've removed the stuff sourced to the Vasallo page. That reference looked dodgy to me too, but I was going to think about it for a while before possibly deleting the additions. I was unaware of Vasallo's previous on-WP history. Deor (talk) 04:19, 19 October 2009 (UTC)
  • It's extensive and ongoing, unfortunately, especially since he's come up with two new sock/meatpuppets to push his website. As of now, all references to his main site have been removed from article space and his two newest socks indef blocked.  Ravenswing  12:37, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

The behavior of Edward 321 is unethical[edit]

I was warned on my personal talk page about deleating a point- which obviously was in contrast to alternative information- specifically that the Barbaro family is not extinct, as explained on this talk page very clearly. Now, I sourced information on the page that proves I was right- and if Edward 321 or anyone else tries to remove it- then they are hypocrates. Also, The City of Fallen Angels is a novel- it is not an art historical book- it is a novel that takes place in Venice. The hardships that Edward 321 has created with this page and related ones- is based on some personal issue that he has in his own mind. I have better things to do, than play games. I actually have a real life, and if you get off on making waves with people that come to this page- you will surely not be able to do it with me. I won't be here by the time you even have a chance to respond- since I have places to go and people to meet. Edward 321, I suspect that you will still be stuck behind your computer in your virtual world.Jky52 (talk) 23:35, 18 October 2009 (UTC) sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

I have to warn you that the above comment is a clear personal attack. Leave your guesses about the personal lives of other editors out of this. The reason there is suspicion behind your edits is that there have been serious hoax issues on this article. Numerous sock puppets have appeared attempting to add information concerning the alleged current head of the Barbaro family. While I assume that you have no connection to these attempts, you must understand that your pattern of edits is similar. I strongly recommend that you tone down your rhetoric and attempt to reach consensus on these matters and not engage in revert wars. I am monitoring this article closely, but will not edit i, if any editor breaks WP:3RR they will be blocked. Further personal attacks will also result in blocks. --Leivick (talk) 00:18, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

The noble Barbaro family isn't extinct[edit]

Hello, I just flipped to the Barbaro family page now, and I see that it has changed a bit.

The whole family didn't go extinct. There was even one that went to a high school here in the US and a whole family tree listed for some that are in Malta. Look here: [[15]]Catal uber (talk) 05:37, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

  • I just checked the source that was added by Edward 321. What he put on the Barbaro family page is not exactly what p. 150 says. The author is talking about about Palazzo Barbaro. Not the whole Barbaro family. The ones that were just at that palace. I corrected the statement using exactly the same words that the author wrote.Catal uber (talk) 06:43, 19 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Hope this helps- you guys above seem to be in a rift- for the record the family is no way near extinct. The one in the US is even a prince- he went to Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. He is in the school's year book. Take care.Catal uber (talk) 07:08, 19 October 2009 (UTC) sock of User:Mctrain --Enric Naval (talk) 15:54, 23 October 2009 (UTC)
You need to get a history book that says that. A genealogy book, a scholar journal on nobility or heraldics or some other sourt of source that is considered reliable by wikipedia standards. Your personal website, or the website of your company, is not a reliable source for stuff that is wholly unsupported by other more reliable sources. --Enric Naval (talk) 15:31, 19 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Yes, as you can probably see above, this article has been the nexus of a lot of bizarre hoaxes from somewhere else on the Internet. As a result, we are extra careful to ensure that there are high-quality sources documenting every claim being made. (ESkog)(Talk) 15:33, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Vittoro Spreti[edit]

There is no Volume B, but the source is online, and two editions are available in snippet view.

It does support the claim that there was a Maltese Branch of the family that outlasted the Venetian branch. It also exposes many parts of the Barbaro hoax. For example, it shows there was a family tradition the family was descended from Roman nobility. The hoaxer not only reports this tradition as fact, they embellish by claiming they were descended from the Julii, which Spreti specifically shows as wrong.

OTOH, there are flaws to Spreti as a source. For example, it claims that Nicolo Barbaro is our only source for the Fall of Constantinople. Wikipedia’s article on that subject (and modern histories of it) shows that there were several other period sources, for example, the histories of Chalcondyles, Critobulus, Ducas, and Sphantzes. Nicolo Barbaro is not even the only eyewitness account - Isodore of Kiev, di Chio, Tedaldi, and the previously mentioned Sphantzes all survived the fall and wrote accounts of it.

Some of the family members that Spreti lists seem of marginal notability. For example, there’s a Ramiro Barbaro whose only claim to fame was being an ardent Fascist who participated in the March on Rome. Edward321 (talk) 15:14, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Taking a look at the hoaxer's comments it seems there was a mistake in the online info for Spreti. Snippet view says "... attribuisce l'origine dalla < gens Cai Mia •», consolare romana, dalla quale si sarebbe distaccata per ... [16] However, the actual snippet now says "Catellia" not "Cai Mia" [17]. Spreti correctly records this as a family tradition, not a fact and makes no claims about the Barbaros being related to the Julii. Quintus Lutatius Catulus was of the gens Lutatii and while he was half brother to Lucius Julius Caesar III and the Lutatii are not descended from the Julii.

Spreti appears to be completely wrong on the dates he gives for Antonio Barbaro. Edward321 (talk) 15:11, 6 February 2010 (UTC)

Found another flaw in Spreti. On page 275 he lists an Aldo Barbaro, which the hoaxer expands far beyond Spreti's terse claims. But it appears that there was no such person. There was a Count Aldo Barbaro Cornaro, [18] [19] [20] who died in a plane crash in 1923, not 1926 has Spreti lists. Edward321 (talk) 03:36, 13 February 2010 (UTC)

The noble Cornaro family is not the same family as the Venetian Barbaro family, they are not the same person that you are referencing. There is even a Serafino Aldo Barbaro who is also not the same person. (talk) 14:58, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
So you're claiming that there was a Count Aldo Barbaro Cornaro who died in Bolivia in 1923 when his plane crashed and a Count Aldo Barbaro who died in Bolivia in 1926 when his plane crashed? And that none on the 7 sources which mention Count Cornaro nor the 1 source that mentions Count Barbaro note this remarkable coincidence? Mr. Occam would like to have a talk with you. Edward321 (talk) 00:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
In the records of the Library in Venice, the family is described as being descendent from the twin conculs in relation to the Julii, that would have to be Quintas Lutatius Catulas and the sencond counsul of the family right after, of which has Julii blood running into the Catulus. In fact there is no such things as a gens Catellia, Spreti is quoting old Italian references. Catellia is a name for Catulan. (talk) 14:58, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
Odd that none of the dozens of books that mention the history of the family (including Spreti) mention these records or say Catellia is a name for Catulan or claim the Barbaro family are descended from the Julii. Edward321 (talk) 00:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
Francesco Barbaro is described in Venice as being a knight of the Holy Roman Empire of the personal order of the emperor, noted by it serpentine emblem, that coluld only be of the order of the dragon, and he was knighted when the order open again during that person.. (talk) 14:58, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
Odd that none of the dozens of books that mention the history of the family (including Spreti and Gothien's biography of Francesco) claim that he was inducted into the Order of the Dragon. That's like claiming someone knighted by the Queen of England was a member of the Order of the Garter - making such a claim without reliable sources is original research.Edward321 (talk) 00:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
Spreti also says the family is of a Roman consular family. (talk) 14:58, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
No, Spreti says family tradition claims they were descended from a Roman consular family. As Gothein points out, a lot of Italian families have traditions like this. Edward321 (talk) 00:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
You also make mistakes in translating alot of Italian. The Barbaro family is of the Ancient tradition, not that there is an anceint tradition to the family. The ancient tradition is antiquity, the modern tradition is the Renaissance. .. (talk) 14:58, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
From your use of untranslated terms like Rodi and Dardanelli in your version of the article[21] your knowledge of Italian appears inferior to Google Translate. The actual phrase in Spreti is "Vetusta famiglia veneta alla quale una antica tradizione tribuisce l'origine dalla < gens Catellia >, consolare romana" - note how antica modifies the word tradizione, not the word famiglia.Edward321 (talk) 00:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
Also the family is a late addition to the old families of venice by special privilege, with additional lines added in 992 and the whole image of the house complete by the great council of 1297. They were already a patrician family, also Marco Barbaro already used the name barbaro prior to the battle when he changed the family's coat of arms.. (talk) 14:58, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
Two German sources make the claim about Marco Magadezzi changing his family's name to Barbaro. One English source mentions 1 Barbaro before him, while Spreti mentions a 2nd Barbaro before him. These accounts don't neccessarily contradict each other - history books frequently refer to cities by their modern names, not the name they were known by when the events occured. The sentence about the Barbaro family being recognized as Patricians is "Con speciale privilegio del 992 i Barbaro sono ammessi fra gli Ottimati della Repubblica e compresi fra le Case patrizie alla Serrata del Maggior Consiglio (1297)." Spreti is not referring to different branches of the famiily - when discussing the Barbaros, Spreti uses the term 11 times, but the word he uses for that is "ramo' (singular) or "rami" (plural).Edward321 (talk) 00:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
There is also other conflicting information that can be found from other sources too, there are three early barbaro coat of arms, in Rome it is gold and red with two stripes, and then changes accordingly to each location they are in till arrival in venice when the current coat of arms were taken on. .. (talk) 14:58, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
All sources say the current coat of arms was adopted c.1121, not when the Barbaro family arrived in Venice in 868. If you have any sources which claim that the family had a coat of arms when they allegedly lived in Rome, or that they adopted the unusual habit of changing their coat of arms every time they moved to a new city, or what these alleged coats of arms were; then now is a good time to list those sources.Edward321 (talk) 00:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)
There is much conflicting infromation to this family depending on what sources are used12.197.43.194 (talk) 14:58, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
There are occasional conflicts between reliable sources and other reliable sources. There are frequently massive conflicts between reliable sources and the claims of the hoaxer.Edward321 (talk) 00:40, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

Maltese nobility[edit]

I’m having some difficulties with the titles Spreti claims for members of the Barbaro family. I’ve already explained how Count Aldo Barbaro doesn’t exist. Spreti claims that Pietro Barbaro was made Lord of Pietramala by Charles of Anjou in 1270 after fighting in the Battle of Benevento. Google books lists no hits for his name with Benevento [22] or Charles of Anjou [23] [24] or Pietramala [25] and only one false hit for his name with 1270. [26] Signore di Pietramala does not appear to be a Maltese title. [27] [28] Pietramala appears to have been controlled by the Tarlati family shortly after 1270, so it appears Signore di Pietramala, was a military appointment, not a title.

Barone of Latronico also appears to be problematic. While the title appears to be real, it also appears to have become extinct when the last member married into the Barbaro line. [29] There don’t seem to be any claims to the title in Malta.[30] [31]Edward321 (talk) 16:55, 21 February 2010 (UTC)

Coat of Arms[edit]

Right now, the coat of arms says "D'Argent" which is silver like the picture and not white, though other sourcing says a white field which is also correct. The statement should be accurately written as a silver or white field.TimmyOT (talk) 04:28, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

In heraldic tincture, Argent may mean silver but it is normally depicted as white.Edward321 (talk) 01:47, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

House of Barbaro[edit]

I put in a header on the page for "House of Barbaro" since some one may search this topic under both "Barbaro family" or "House of Barbaro". You may want to also put a redirect of House of Barbaro to this article on the Barbaro family.TimmyOT (talk) 05:06, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Templates, redirects, and fixing refs - that's a bit more knowledge of Wikipedia than you see from your average user with only 5 edits under their belt. Redirects are free, but House of Barbaro is not a common term. There's a lot more GBook hits on Barbaro family[32][33] Almost all of the hits for House of Barbaro [34]refer to a single incident where a family member (whose personal name is not given) struck an officer of the Arsenal. Some use the term to refer to the Villa Barbaro. No source appears to use the term to discuss the family in general.Edward321 (talk) 02:04, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

Individual articles[edit]

Donato Barbaro is probably not notable enough for a separate article. He's only known for one event and its hard to find sources even for that. Marco Barbaro may be notable enough, but he's not the only one of that name, and most sources just use him as a reference, they don't discuss the actual man. The Marco Barbaro that created the family coat of arms may be notable enough for his own article. The same is also true for Francesco Barbaro's son Zaccaria and those Patriarchs of Aquileia who do not have separate articles yet. Nicolo Barbaro has his own article on the Italian Wikipedia. Edward321 (talk) 15:35, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

The Italian Wikipedia also has an article on another of the Patriarchs of Aquileia now. I'll try to port them over in the near future. Edward321 (talk) 16:48, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

Another Spreti error[edit]

Spreti claims Giosafat Barbaro was the first Venetian ambassador to Persia, which the hoaxer "exaggerates" into being the first European ambassador to Asia. Based on sources I've found from Cambridge and Princeton University presses, Barbaro was the 3rd Venetian ambassador to Persia. I'll be upadting things on this shortly.Edward321 (talk) 16:48, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

some confusing wording[edit]

I clarified a point yesterday about the 992 date. But the change of wording isn't exactly correct, which I also checked in translation from Italian to English. The Barbaro family earned patrician status by 992,as I also read in a different source, and were recognized patriacians at the serrata of 1297. This has some relevance since there were old families and new families in venice. All of the new families were added after 1297-so the Barbaro family is kind of an exception that was added inbetween two classifications in 992 because of their high standing. All of the old families were added earlier and all of the new families were added after the serrata of 1297. I guess you can call the barbaro family a late addition to the old families, or a very early addition to the new families, but they are not clearly clasified as a new family in the manner that the Italian Wikipedia link says.SamLiam22 (talk) 17:30, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

There has been an ongoing problem with people adding false information to this article, as the previous history of the talk page shows. If you have a source that says the Barbaros were considered patricians in 992, then you should list it. Spretti does not say that. The Barbaros were not a one of the Case Vecchie.[35] Edward321 (talk) 00:33, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
    • But the way that you are writing things is not translating accurately to what sources say, that is why I opened up the link for referencing and noticed that Spretti also talks about the 992 date. AAnother source I was reading says that they earned patrician status by 992. Technically, the BBarbaro family does not really have a fully established or accepted place as either case vecchie or casa nuovo, only depending on what source you use and how they are basing classifications. They were admitted in between two classifications because of their standing as nobles from antiquity, which was one of the qualifications for early entrance as Patricians of Venice before the serrata. All new families were added after the "serrata" of 1297, and this family was already accepted as patricians by the "serrata" of the great council in 1297.
    • I also don't believe that any source here given has earlier members labeled as Magadezzi. True, the family did use that name previously before Barbaro, but the Barbaro name was aleady in use even before Marco Barbaro. Marco Barbaro was using the Magadezzi arms, and then he created the current Barbaro arms for the family. But the name Barbaro was adopted earlier on when they first joined the Venetian Republic. For example, Johannes Barbaro- his documentation in his personal personal writing, which can be found within the Marciana Library of Venice, is written as "Johannes Barbaro" not "Johannes Magadezzi". There seems to be a lot of liberties in the way things are being translated on Wikipedia, and not translated very accurately according to the sources used on Wikipedia, but I have no intention to fight about it- you should just be aware.SamLiam22 (talk) 14:34, 13 April 2011 (UTC)
If you have a source that supports any of your views, you need to cite it. You obviously know how to cite something, you did so in the first of your half-dozen edits. Spreti still does not say what you claim he does. He didn't a little over a year ago when an IP claimed the same thing and I provided a direct quote of Spreti which showed they were wrong. Your claim about Johannes Barbaro requires reliable sources, not your claim to support it. Spreti is the only source that seems to claim Johannes existed,[36] and Spreti has made several errors in his work. Edward321 (talk) 05:19, 14 April 2011 (UTC)
    • As I said, I'm not interested in fighting about it, but what you wrote now doesn't make sense. The source used on Wikipedia for Johannes, which is Spreti, lists the person as "Johannes Barbaro", not as "Johannes Magadezzi", as Wikipedia does. Points are not being translated to what sources actually say. Then you say only Spreti says Johannes existed, but you provide a link (36) that actually has Johannes talked about in different sources. Simply, things are not being translated accurately according to the sources used, that's all that I'm saying.SamLiam22 (talk) 15:12, 14 April 2011 (UTC)
If you follow that link you will see that Spreti is the only one to talk about that "Johannes Barbaro". The others are false hits. Edward321 (talk) 00:01, 15 April 2011 (UTC)