Hey guys! Sorry we haven’t been so active lately. I (Elizabeth) have been in Italy for the last week with my choir, and the history here is mind blowing. The history nerd in me is freaking out, and I’m learning so much more as well! I’ll probably post some relevant pictures in the future. If you want to see the non-relevant ones, too, check out my travel blog, which is in the ‘about’ section.
Anyway, tomorrow we’re hitting Florence and learning all about the Medici’s! They were so awesome. Personally, I don’t know much about really early Roman history, but I’ve learned a lot of that, too. They were basically badasses, no? And we got to sing in the Vatican - Borgia’s, anyone? ;)
EDIT: Posts will resume after she is back from Italy. For she probably has much to share. And after I cool down from the jealousy that is boiling in me. (after taking Latin for 5 years and knowing everything about Ancient Rome, I AM SO JEALOUS OF MY MOD HERE
even though I am going to Italy next year)
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher.
Forced to repent before the Inquisition in 1633 because of his new ideas. One of the first times we see the clash between the church and science.
Michelangelo’s David. Sculpted between 1501 and 1504, this fine example of Italian Renaissance art shows David as tense before his battle with Goliath; this portrayal was uncommon, as most statues of David were post-battle. The statue now stands in the Accademia Gallery in Florence.
Born in Spain in 1431 and called Rodrigo Borgia before becoming Pope Alexander VI, this controversial figure headed the Holy See from 1492 until his death in 1503. He was notorious for his frequent orgies, many mistresses, and numerous children. His daughter, Lucrezia, had a son at the age of 18; it’s still unknown whether the father was her brother, Cesare, or Alexander himself.
The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli; written in 1513.
The Prince is an extremely influential work which inspired many future leaders, even centuries after its publication. It introduced the idea of putting the state above everything else, which encouraged the emergence of politique leaders.
Some famous quotes include:
"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."
"The end justifies the means."