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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, […]

Barbiere

LARGO AL FACTOTUM

On February 20, 1816, Gioacchino Rossini’s most famous opera, The Barber of Seville, premiered at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. Its libretto being written by Cesare Sterbini and based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s 1775 comedy Le Barbier de Séville, the opera was originally […]

Valentino

SAN VALENTINO

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of an assisted Valentine before a judge, with a zoomorphic initial ‘I'(n) containing a dragon. Saint Valentine’s Day is a religious holiday nowadays celebrated in many countries in the world; it’s recognized as the celebration of […]

LE VANITÀ

On February 7, 1497 (Mardi Gras day), Girolamo Savonarola’s bonfire of the Vanities took place in Piazza della Signoria, Florence. Inspired by the Dominican friar’s predicaments against Florence’s artistic and cultural mundanity during the time of the Medici rule, in fact, […]

Corvo

NEVERMORE

Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” On January 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem, “The Raven”, was published for the first time on the pages of New York’s The Evening Mirror. Poe’s signature dark, supernatural atmosphere, together with the exceptional musicality […]

Thomas Becket

ASSASSINIO NELLA CATTEDRALE

On December 29, 1170, the English Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. Becket, having been martyrized by the King’s men due to conflicts over the rights of the Church under the reign of Henry II, quickly became an […]

Camilla fugge sopra ad una barca

TITANIC

On December 19, 1997, exactly twenty years ago, theaters all across North America welcomed what would have been one of the most successful movies of all time: James Cameron’s Titanic. While many had thought of the project as far-reaching (due […]

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