Cultural history

Roman Slavery and Christian Charity in Late Antiquity

Since the first advanced civilisations, slavery had been an important factor in the social and societal fabric of the Mediterranean, and in the Roman Empire it even constituted an essential pillar of the economy. Slavery generally refers to the condition in which...

Johann Strauss Radetzky March

It is probably the best known and most played march in the world: the Army March II dedicated to Field Marshal Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky von Radetz, better known as the "Radetzky March".   This is due not least to its distinctive rhythm (datadám datadámdamdám),...

Two Stubborn Men – Michelangelo and Pope Julius II.

Michelangelo Buonarroti, the star of the Renaissance, had a real problem with Pope Julius II.   The Rovere Pope held his office in the style of an Italian territorial prince and had Michelangelo summoned from Florence to Rome in 1505 so that he could build...

The Palazzo Ducale in Venice and the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence

Venice and Florence are certainly among the highlights of a tour of Italy. Both cities grew massively in size, wealth and power, especially in the late Middle Ages, and were among the most important metropolises in Europe during the Renaissance. The gigantic dome of...
The Cappuccino

The Cappuccino

At the beginning of the 16th century, there was unrest within the Franciscan Order. Many friars saw the great ideal of...

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The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

The stories surrounding the so-called ghost ships are almost as old as seafaring itself. Which should not come as a...

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The evening

The evening

Silence of the people loud desire: roars the earth as in dreams Wonderful with all trees, What the heart is hardly...

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Hyacinths

Hyacinths

Music echoes far away; but here is silent night, The plants breathe on me with a slumbering scent. I have always,...

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Hiker’s Night Song

Hiker’s Night Song

Above all peaks Is rest, In all treetops Do you feel Hardly a breath; The birds are silent in the forest. Just wait!...

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