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L’ASSEDIO DI ANTIOCHIA

Exactly 921 years ago, on October 21, 1097, the first Siege of Antioch began. The conflict, which lasted a total of 8 months, marked the arrival of the First Crusade in the Holy Land: the city of Antioch, in fact, lay (and […]

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LA MORTE DI VIRGILIO

September 21 marks the anniversary of the death of Virgil, the great Roman poet. In 19 BC, in fact, Virgil had traveled to Greece in order to further research and edit the Aeneid, his masterpiece, just before its publication: on his way back, […]

Jan Hus

JAN HUS

July 6, 1415: Jan Hus, the Czech theologian now considered to be one of the main predecessors of the Reformation and Protestantism, is burned at the stake. The 15th-century Catholic Church was living a time of great struggle, following the Papal Schism of 1378 […]

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LA PULZELLA D’ORLÉANS

May 30, 1431: after being captured and sold to the English, Joan of Arc is finally burned at the stake for heresy. Although being rehabilitated by Pope Callixtus III as soon as in 1456, Joan is only beatified by Pope Pius X in 1909; […]

La caduta di Costantinopoli

LA CADUTA DI COSTANTINOPOLI

Today marks the 565th anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople, the event that officially put an end to the Byzantine Empire, thus being considered today as one of the main dates in the transition from the Middle Ages to the […]

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IL DUOMO DI MODENA

May 23, 1099: the building of the Cathedral of Modena officially begins. The facts surrounding the design and the construction of the Cathedral (also known as Duomo di Modena) are narrated in a document dated roughly around the same period, […]

Universalis Cosmographia

AMERICA

On this day, April 25, 511 years ago, the New World was officially given its name: “America”. The new name, in fact, was used for the first time on the Universalis Cosmographia, a printed map created by the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller; it’s him whom, under […]

Costruzione di Roma

AB URBE CONDITA

April 21 remarks the traditional date of the founding of Rome, the supposed day on which Romulus would have founded the City in 753 BC. The date was identified by the 1st century Roman scholar Varro: by accepting the writings of […]

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