Rome: Santa Maria in Domnica

Hazy history The Santa Maria in Domnica, sometimes called the Santa Maria alla Navicella, lies on the crown of the Caelian Hill (Celio in Italian). The church is old, very old, but its earliest history is shrouded in mystery. The Santa Maria was built over the ruins of the barracks…

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Cyprus: Paphos mosaics

Paphos in the southwest of Cyprus is known for quite a few historical treasures. It became the capital of Cyprus during the Ptolemaic period (ca. 323-58 BCE), when the island was ruled by the descendants of Alexander the Great’s general Ptolemaios. Previously, the capital had been at Salamis, but the…

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Rome: Santi Cosma e Damiano

The brothers Not much is known about the lives of the twin brothers Cosmas and Damianus (Κοσμάς and Δαμιανός in Greek). Tradition dictates that they were born in Arabia, which is most likely Arabia Petraea, then part of the Roman Empire. Cosmas and Damianus both became physicians. They were apparently…

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Filmrecensie: Spartacus en de constitutie. Een ode aan de vrijheid

De film Spartacus van de inmiddels overleden Amerikaanse regisseur Stanley Kubrick is een waar visueel spektakel. Wie herinnert zich niet de indrukwekkende veldslag aan het einde van de film, een scene waarvoor Kubrick gebruik maakte van duizenden uit het Spaanse leger gerekruteerde extra’s. Spartacus is het prototype “sword & sandals”…

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Rome: Santi Giovanni e Paolo

The Caelius This church – a titular church and minor basilica – is located on the Caelian Hill. The Caelius (Celio in modern Italian) is east of the Palatine Hill and south of the Colosseum. You can reach the Santi Giovanni e Paolo by taking the Clivo di Scauro, the…

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