Daily Rome Shot 154

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  1. rhurd says:

    I believe this is an inscription somewhere along the passageways or tunnels between the Vatican Palace and Castel Sant’Angelo. But I could not find the inscription online and I am unfortunately not in the position to go check myself!

    I can make out “a Vaticano ad Hadriani Molem” [from the Vatican to the large building of Hadrian] and

    “portas et propugnacula” [gates and fortifications]

    Alexander VI (Rodrigo de Borja) was pope from 1492 to 1503. He was the pope who (among other things) divided the New World into Portuguese and Spanish territories.

    Alexander VI Pontifex Maximus, the nephew of Calistus III Pontifex Maximus, of the nation of Spain, of the fatherland of Valencia and the Borgia people, restored (improved from their old state and finished?) the gates and fortifications from the Vatican to the large building of Hadrian in AD [the year of salvation] 1492.

    [Although I know that translations of Latin inscriptions should never start with the first word as the subject!] What do others think?

  2. Semper Gumby says:

    rhurd: Looks good to this intermediate-level student. When I read “Hispanus” I was hoping next for a reference to Maximus Decimus Meridius, but, alas.

  3. I’ll put you out of your misery. It is an inscription in the courtyard of the barracks of the Swiss Guards.

  4. Semper Gumby says:

    The Swiss Guards: a weapon in one hand, a Combat Rosary in the other. Excellent.

  5. Semper Gumby says:


  6. Semper Gumby says:

    It is said that after the Battle of Lepanto a Swiss Guard sent two captured Turkish battle flags to Lucerne.

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