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Nerone e Agrippina

NERONE E AGRIPPINA

December 15, AD 37, Antium: the future Roman Emperor, Nero, was born. As the only son of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and Agrippina the Younger, Nero was related to both Caligula and Augustus. After the death of his biological father in AD […]

Giunone

GIUNONE E IL PAVONE

“Juno”, illumination from the manuscript “Ovide moralisé”, ms. Fr. 176, f. 57r, 1380-1390, Bibliothèque de Genève, Geneva. The peacock came to see Juno, because he could not accept with equanimity the fact that the goddess had not given him the song […]

Santa Lucia

SANTA LUCIA

December 13 is Saint Lucy’s Day, a Christian festivity of great popularity in Scandinavia, Italy, Hungary and Croatia. The feast day commemorates the 3rd-century martyr: according to legend, Lucy was a young Sicilian whose father had died leaving the girl and […]

Capra che suona una ribeca

HAPPINESS ISN’T HAPPINESS…

“Goat playing a violin”, illumination from a Psalter, Harley 5102, f. 59r, first quarter of the 13th century, British Library, London. An inhabited gilded initial, a capital “D”, with a blue goat playing a rebec or violin on a vivid red background. […]

Sant'Anna e la Vergine

IMMACOLATA CONCEZIONE

The Catholic Church celebrates today the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Not to be confused with the Virgin Birth of Jesus, the dogma of the Immaculate Conception states that the Virgin Mary was conceived in Saint Anne’s womb without any […]

Sant'Ambrogio che scrive

SANT’AMBROGIO

December 7 is the feast day of Saint Ambrose, patron saint of Milan and one of the four original Doctors of the Church along with Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory the Great. Born in 340 near Augusta Treverorum (modern-day Trier, Germany) into a […]

San Nicola e i tre bambini

SAN NICOLA

December 6 is the feast day of Saint Nicholas of Myra, patron saint of all children. Born to a well-off Christian family in the city of Patara, Lycia (an area in modern-day Turkey), between 261 and 280 AD, Nicholas supposedly […]

Carlo Magno

CARLO MAGNO RE DEI FRANCHI

December 4, 771 AD: Charlemagne’s younger brother and king of Austrasia, Carloman I, perishes from a sudden illness after just a little more than two years spent on the throne. At the time of his death, Carloman and his brother were close […]

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