The latin term “Diligentia” literally means “care”, “attention” and indicates the behaviour of the “good head of household”.
We chose a Latin name as, when compared to the currently spoken languages, it comes across as a neutral word, yet strongly evocative of the idea of italianness.
The higher meaning such a word represent for the Association can be gathered from its origin. It was infact used in a famous forensic dispute known as “lex quod Nerva”, which took place in the first century A.D. between the two Roman jurists Proculus and Nerva.
“Quod Nerva diceret latiorem culpam dolum esse, Proculo displicebat, mihi verissimum videtur. Nam et si quis non ad eum modum quem hominum natura desiderat diligens est, nisi tamen ad suum modum curam in deposito praestat, fraude non caret. Nec enim salva fide minorem is quam suis rebus diligentiam praestabit.’
Thus, a “diligentia quam suis” rule was established which applies whenever a person is entrusted with the custody of goods and takes up the role of “trustee” of the same. In such an instance the depositary is held to use the same diligence he would normally apply in taking care of his own belongings. Else, a liability is prefigured, the degree of which is inversely proportional to the care provided for the goods received in deposit: the lower the care, the greater the fault.