Daily Rome Shot 308

Photo by The Great Roman™

In Rome’s heart, on the Palatine Hill at the Villa Barbarini, vineyards have been planted.

Speaking of vineyards, the monks of Le Barroux support themselves with wine from the revived vinyards of the Avignon Popes.

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  1. VForr says:

    I look forward to these daily Rome shots. This one is neat! Thanks for sharing, Father Z.

  2. Semper Gumby says:

    qual ti negasse il vin de la sua fiala
    per la tua sete, in libertà non fora
    se non com’ acqua ch’al mar non si cala.
    Tu vuo’ saper di quai piante s’infiora
    questa ghirlanda che ‘ntorno vagheggia
    la bella donna ch’al ciel t’avvalora.”

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    The Renaissance was the work of individuals, and in a sense it was about individualism. And the first and greatest of these individuals was Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). Dante was a Florentine, appropriately because Florence played a more important role in the Renaissance than any other city. He also embodies the central paradox of the Renaissance: while it was about the recovery and understanding of ancient Greek and Latin texts and the writing of elegant Latin, it was also about the maturing, ordering and use of vernacular languages, especially Italian.

    – Paul Johnson, The Renaissance

  4. Dante was the last guy who knew everything.

    Possible exception, Eramsmus.

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    Fr. Z: I agree, and suggest that one could read the Divine Comedy more profitably than In Praise of Folly. Still, Erasmus and Thomas More were friends.

    Paul Johnson on Dante’s education:

    There were three key elements in Dante’s education. One was the Florentine Dominicans…Dante was able to absorb the whole Aristotelian philosophy, as received and Christianized by Aquinas. Thomist Aristotelianism gives a structure to his oeuvre, bringing to it internal consistency and intellectual rigor.

    Second, Dante had as mentor the classical scholar Brunetto Latini…It was thanks to Brunetto Latini that Dante was able to understand the importance of rhetoric…Through Latini, too, Dante got to know at least part of the works of Cicero and Seneca. Virgil, and especially his Aeneid, the epic successor to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey…had always found Christian defenders.

    The third element in Dante’s education was the influence and encouragement of his friend and near contemporary Guido Cavalcanti, another classical scholar but a man whose passion was the promotion of Italian…In due course, Dante provided in his Convivio, written in Italian, and in his De vulgari eloquentia, written in Latin, the first great Renaissance defense of the vernacular as a suitable language for works of beauty and weight.

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