Giacomo Casanova proposed to organize a lottery in 1758 to get the money to build a military academy

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Giacomo Casanova proposed to organize a lottery in 1758 to get the money to build a military academy Giacomo Girolamo Casanova (1725 – 1798) is a famous Italian adventurer and writer from Venice. His autobiography “Story of My Life” is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the traditions and norms of European social life during the XVIIIth.

Casanova often used false names, and his most frequent pseudonym was “Chevalier de Seingalt” (or Saint-Galle in French). His stories were abundantly published in French, often under the name Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.

He has become so popular for his often complicated love adventures and affairs with women that his name is now synonym of "womanizer". He travelled across the Europe all of his life. He spent his last years in Bohemia as a librarian in household of Count Waldstein, where he also wrote the story of his life.

Born in family of actors, he had a passion for the theater and improvising, and has a theatrical perception of life. But with all his talents, he frequently couldn`t resist to the quest for pleasure and sex, often avoiding sustained work and established plans, and got himself into troubles when reasonable action would have served him better. His true occupation was living largely. His main features were sharp wit, unimpressionable nerves, more luck, natural charm, and the money given to him as presents and by swindle.

Prince Charles de Ligne, who knew Casanova`s works very well, and who knew most of the prominent personalities of his age, thought Casanova the most interesting human being he had ever met: "there is nothing in the world of which he is not able".

Today we know a lot of stories about his adventures. One of them states Giacomo Casanova proposed to French minister of Army to organize a lottery in 1758 to get the money to build a military academy. So was born the lottery…

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