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Mark Augustus' 2000th Death Anniversary Celebrations in Rome

Mark Augustus' 2000th Death Anniversary Celebrations in Rome | TdF  |   Culture | Scoop.it

August 19 marks the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Rome’s first emperor Augustus, who ruled from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.

To commemorate the date, a series of special events and openings will be launched in the Italian capital [...]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, August 9, 12:30 PM

Unfortunately, the Mausoleum of Augustus will not be open; the site is off limits pending restoration

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Vatican to Digitize 41 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts

Vatican to Digitize 41 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts | TdF  |   Culture | Scoop.it
What happens when a wide swath of history — previously only explored by white-gloved librarians and erudite historians — is made available to anyone with a solid internet connection? 

Thanks to the Pope, we’ll soon find out. The Vatican Apostolic Library has announced it will digitize all 82,000 manuscripts in its 135 collections with the help of a Japanese IT company. That’s 41 million pages spanning nearly 2,000 years of church history that will soon be clickable, zoomable, and presumably, printable. When all is said and done, you’ll be able to read the Psalms handwritten across13th-century vellum on your iPhone — so long as you speak ancient Greek. [...]


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Dave Sumner at Dave Sumner.com's curator insight, April 11, 1:42 PM

This is an amazing announcement for anyone interested in writing, reading, or world history. This collection contains one of the earliest surviving examples of a Roman text. I don't read ancient Greek, but I'm looking forward to some of the 41 million pages of world history becoming public and, I am sure, translated into many languages.

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Palermo’s Belle Epoque at the Grand Hotel et des Palmes

Palermo’s Belle Epoque at  the Grand Hotel et des Palmes | TdF  |   Culture | Scoop.it

Not many hotels inspire. In fact many of them are sad, grimy establishments. Not so the Grand Hotel et des Palmes. You only have to walk through the main foyer doors here to breathe the atmosphere of history and intrigue.
in 1882 Wagner, the German composer, came to the hotel looking for inspiration to finish his final opera, Parsifal.
Renoir, the French impressionist, popped in to paint Wagner’s portrait in celebration.
In 1885, the French writer Guy de Maupassant arrived.
Another illustrious guest, Raymond Roussell, novelist and playwright, checked in in the early 1930s.
Renato Guttuso, the Sicilian painter; Carla Fracci, Burt Lancaster when he was filming the Gattopardo (The Leopard) in Palermo.
Arthur Miller and American Colonel Charles Poletti who made it his headquarters after the Operation Husky allied landings in Sicily in 1943.
The last infamous gathering in the hotel lounge was the alleged 1957 mafia summit organized by Lucky Luciano.


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