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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 […]

Astronomi

GLI UOMINI E IL CIELO

  Ever since the dawn of humanity, the sky and space as a whole have always been both a great dream and goal for humankind. The Space Race of the 20th century, from this point of view, may also be […]

Battaglia di Legnica

LA BATTAGLIA DI LEGNICA

On April 9, 1241, one of the most relevant battles between the expanding Mongol Empire and the European forces took place. The battlefield was that of Legnica, in the Silesian province of Poland; the invasion of Poland was, however, but […]

Assassinio di Cesare

ET TU?

“Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi?” (“You too, Brutus, my son?”)   On March 15, 44 BC, the Ides of March, Julius Caesar is assassinated in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators. The phrase he allegedly pronounces famously refers to his […]

Urbano II

PAPA URBANO II

On March 12, 1088, Pope Urban II was elected by acclamation at a small council in Terracina. Urban, born Eudes around 1042, was from a noble family living near Châtillon-sur-Marne. As a boy, Eudes studied in Reims, where he later became archdeacon, […]

Carlo il Buono

CARLO IL BUONO

Today, March 2, marks the anniversary of the assassination of Charles the Good, who was Count of Flanders from 1119 until the year of his death. The only male son of King Canute IV, later to be consecrated as Saint […]

Università di Costantinopoli

L’UNIVERSITÀ DI COSTANTINOPOLI

On February 27, 425 AD, the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II, at the urging of his wife, Aelia Eudocia, founded the University of Constantinople under the name of Pandidakterion. The school welcomed 31 teachers for law, philosophy, medicine, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music, […]

Pastore

GREGGE AL PASCOLO

On this day, in 1997, the scientists of the Roslin Institute in Scotland publicly announced the existence of the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from the cell of an adult animal: Dolly the sheep. Born on July 5, […]

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