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AUTUNNO

The Northern Hemisphere enters today the new season! A few weeks ago we talked about grape harvesting and wine in the Middle Ages: autumn, however, was more generally a time for gathering supplies for the winter and the months to come. Firewood […]

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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, […]

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EUROPA

The protagonist of this week’s Women’s Wednesday is Europa, the very woman after whom the continent of Europe was named. The legend goes that Europa, originally from Phoenicia, was brought to Crete by Zeus himself: the god, in fact, had become infatuated with […]

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ALZATI E CAMMINA!

Here we are with another marvelous illumination from the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis: Lazarus’ resurrection. The illuminated folio was sadly deeply damaged by both the passing of time and the early XX-century restoration, which mostly affected the peculiar reddish-purple hue of the original […]

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Il SAN MARCO DI ROSSANO

Starting today, Folia Magazine will be taking you on a journey of discovery through the pages of the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis, shown here for the first time in high definition. The Codex includes 13 illuminations regarding the life of Christ, one of […]

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SANTA TEODORA DI ALESSANDRIA

A woman dressing as a man in order to achieve something that was usually not allowed to women. How many works of fiction came to your mind just by reading this simple line alone? Cross-dressing has been a recurring theme in […]

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Il capolavoro della produzione libraria bizantina

Il Codex Purpureus Rossanensis, capolavoro della produzione libraria bizantina, fu realizzato nel VI secolo in un centro non ancora identificato, ma sicuramente nell’area orientale del bacino del Mediterraneo. Pur antichissimo, quindi, è ancora in condizioni straordinarie poiché, una volta giunto […]

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NATIVITÀ DELLA VERGINE

The Church celebrates today, exactly 9 months after that of the Immaculate Conception, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although being one of the main festivities in Christianity, the birth of Mary is actually not recorded in […]

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