Ancient Rome Has an Urgent Warning for Us

The era of the Antonine Plague offers a reminder of what a powerful force nature has been throughout human history.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #plague, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #smallpox

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After Government Falls, Italy Must Navigate Pandemic on ‘Cruise Control’

The country is no stranger to political chaos. But it now faces the unsettling prospect of going rudderless during the coronavirus crisis.

#conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curfews, #italy, #politics-and-government, #renzi-matteo, #rome-italy, #salvini-matteo, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Caligula’s Garden of Delights, Unearthed and Restored

Relics from the favorite hideaway of ancient Rome’s most infamous tyrant have been recovered and put on display by archaeologists.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #buildings-structures, #caligula-12-41-ad, #capitoline-museums, #museums, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #your-feed-science

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Pope Calls Coronavirus Vaccinations an Ethical Obligation

Saying he will be vaccinated himself next week, Francis described the refusal to get the vaccine as suicidal.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vaccination-and-immunization

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In a Tough Year, a Nativity Scene ‘That Has Had Problems’

The Vatican’s Nativity scene this year has prompted much criticism — and some head-scratching.

#ceramics-and-pottery, #christmas, #francis, #italy, #nativity-scene, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vatican-city

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Rome Tracks Down the Man Behind All That Graffiti. No, It’s Not Banksy.

The tagger known as Geco is not as famous as the British provocateur, but he has made a name for himself in Italy.

#art, #banksy, #fairey-shepard, #graffiti, #haring-keith, #italy, #lisbon-portugal, #portugal, #raggi-virginia-1978, #rome-italy, #vandalism

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Gigi Proietti, Actor Who Embodied the Roman Spirit, Dies at 80

Beloved in Italy, he was best known as the star of a TV series playing a small-town police chief. He also had a long film career and a popular one-man stage show.

#actors-and-actresses, #deaths-obituaries, #il-maresciallo-rocca-tv-program, #italy, #proietti-gigi-1940-2020, #rome-italy, #theater

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Pope’s Remarks on Same-Sex Unions Were Cut From a 2019 Vatican Interview

A Mexican broadcast company says Francis made the comments to its correspondent more than a year ago, and sources close to the company say the Vatican then edited them out.

#afineevsky-evgeny-1972, #alazraki-valentina, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #movies, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

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Romans Want to Get Rid of Wild Boars, but Killing Them? That’s Another Matter

The euthanizing of a boar and her six piglets on a playground near the Vatican has aroused fury in Rome, a city that has long complained about the often aggressive animals.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #hunting-and-trapping, #italy, #pigs, #raggi-virginia-1978, #roads-and-traffic, #rome-italy

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Powerful Cardinal, a Fixture of Vatican Intrigue, Resigns Suddenly

In a cryptic statement, the Vatican did not explain the reason for Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu’s departure. News reports had connected him to a financial scandal.

#becciu-giovanni-angelo, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

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In the Virtual (and Actual) Footsteps of Raphael

In Italy and beyond, the plan was to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance artist’s death with great fanfare. Then came the pandemic, and the virtual world stepped in.

#architecture, #art, #florence-italy, #italy, #pantheon-rome, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #raphael, #rome-italy, #travel-and-vacations, #urbino-italy

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Slowly, Italy Is Waking From the Coronavirus Nightmare

This is a very strange, subdued summer for a country with an economy that relies heavily on tourism and merrymaking. But E.U. aid is on the way.

#abruzzo-italy, #adriatic-sea, #beaches, #bergamo-italy, #brussels-belgium, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #europe, #european-council, #european-stability-mechanism, #european-union, #florence-italy, #italy, #lombardy-italy, #naples-italy, #palermo-italy, #quarantines, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional, #spain, #stimulus-economic, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #turin-italy, #tuscany-italy, #veneto-italy, #venice-italy

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Looking at Epic Poetry Through 21st-Century Eyes

New translations of the “Aeneid,” “Beowulf” and other ancient stories challenge some of our modern-day ideas.

#aeneid-book, #bartsch-shadi, #beowulf-book, #books-and-literature, #dante-alighieri-1265-1321, #greek-civilization, #headley-maria-dahvana, #nicholson-catherine-1978, #poetry-and-poets, #reading-and-not-reading-the-faerie-queene-spenser-and-the-making-of-literary-criticism-book, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #spenser-edmund, #the-faerie-queene-book, #translation-and-interpreters, #virgil, #wilson-emily-1971

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Voices From Travel’s Front Lines: ‘We Walk in Fear, We Work in Fear’

Six travel workers from Alaska to the Maldives talk about returning to the job. They are in a new world, with restrictions and health measures, uncertainty and new procedures.

#alaska, #alitalia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #flight-attendants, #florida, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #maldives, #miami-fla, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #rome-italy, #st-john-virgin-islands, #st-lucia, #travel-and-vacations, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Italy’s Outdoor Summer Movies See Threat From Ailing Film Industry

A longstanding dispute between film distributors and associations that show outdoor films for free comes to a head as the industry reels from a post-coronavirus downturn.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #italy, #milan-italy, #movies, #radiotelevisione-italiana-spa, #rome-italy, #summer-season, #theaters-buildings, #twentieth-century-fox, #universal-pictures, #walt-disney-company, #warner-brothers

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The Roman Republic Was Teetering. Then a Volcano Erupted 6,000 Miles Away.

Scientists have linked historical political instability to a number of volcanic events, the latest involving an eruption in the Aleutian Islands.

#alaska, #aleutian-islands, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #caesar-julius, #nile-river, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #volcanoes, #your-feed-science

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Paolo Giorgio Ferri, Hunter of Looted Antiquities, Dies at 72

A prosecutor in Italy, he dismantled multinational trafficking rings, recovering tens of thousands of Greco-Roman artifacts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #deaths-obituaries, #ferri-paolo-giorgio, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #rome-italy

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As Italy Reopens, Tour Guides Plead for More Aid, and Tourists

Protests were staged across the country to raise awareness about a profession that faces months of hardship amid the slow emergence from the coronavirus lockdown.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #museums, #pantheon-rome, #quarantines, #rome-italy, #travel-and-vacations

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The Circus Came to Town, Then It Couldn’t Leave

One of Italy’s famed family-owned circuses has been sitting out the coronavirus pandemic in a field outside Rome.

#circuses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #italy, #rome-italy

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Locals Tell Us What Top Tourist Spots Feel Like Now

Travel restrictions have turned 11 overtouristed destinations into quiet, almost unrecognizable places, even for those who live there. It’s a bittersweet experience for the people we talked to.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #bali-indonesia, #barcelona-spain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dubrovnik-croatia, #galapagos-islands, #ha-long-vietnam, #iceland, #paris-france, #prague-czech-republic, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations

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How Italy Coped, and Will Keep Coping

As Italians move toward a less stringent regimen to minimize their exposure to the coronavirus, they can take pride in an unusual collective effort.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cremona-italy, #cuba, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #france, #germany, #italy, #lombardy-italy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-media, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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Rome Has Been Sacked, Conquered and Abandoned. Now It’s the Pandemic’s Turn.

The city’s turbulent history has forged an irreverent, anti-authoritarian and, in some ways, cynical character. Can that survive the coronavirus?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #rome-italy

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A Very Different Good Friday, in Photographs

The coronavirus pandemic has upended Easter events, not just in the heart of the Roman Catholic Church but all over the world.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #easter-and-holy-week, #jerusalem-israel, #manila-philippines, #paris-france, #rome-italy

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Italy Locks Down Much of the Country’s North Over the Coronavirus

The restrictions affect Milan and the regions that serve as Italy’s economic engine, and are the most sweeping measures outside China.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party-italy, #francis, #italy, #lombardy-italy, #politics-and-government, #rome-italy

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Italy, Europe’s Coronavirus Lab

Most Italians are unfamiliar with epidemics, so we struggle, confused, to react. Avoiding each other is hard. But we must. At least for one more week.

#codogno-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corriere-della-sera, #cremona-italy, #emilia-romagna-italy, #epidemics, #europe, #european-union, #france, #instagram-inc, #italy, #lombardy-italy, #milan-italy, #parma-italy, #rome-italy, #sicily-italy, #social-media, #south-korea, #tests-medical, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #veneto-italy, #world-health-organization

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