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SAVONAROLA’S DREAM

This
is the story of Girolamo Savonarola
and his dream of a holy Florence.
Friar, fanatic, despot, martyr,
heretic – many are the titles that
throughout history have accompanied
the name of Girolamo
Savonarola, a figure that still baffles
many historians both secular and
religious to this very day. A Dominican
monk sent to Florence in
1481, Savonarola gradually became
the most influential preacher in the
city, enthralling his listeners with
vociferous disapproval of Florence’s
immorality and political corruption. As his influence grew, so did the
boldness of his claims: he attributed
a prophetic element to them, seeing
himself as divinely appointed to
reshape Florence into a “New Jerusalem,”
and deemed enemies of
Florence and of the Church any who
would oppose him.

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THE GREAT LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA

The Ptolemaic reign of Ancient Egypt undertook two innovative enterprises in Alexandria, the Lighthouse and the Great Library – one to light up the coast’s physical darkness, the other to light up the citizens’ intellectual darkness. While the Lighthouse was a renowned prowess of engineering, the Great Library was at one point the largest vault of human knowledge and the hallmark of Hellenistic scholarship. Comprising dozens of thousands of texts and parchments, the Library stood for centuries as the world’s learning hub.

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