Daily Rome Shot 465, etc.

Photo by The Great Roman™

There’s a back story, too.

From chess.com.  These endgames are tough. White to move.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. What is that building? Looks like it has a modern glass door.

  2. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    The English Wikipedia “Temple of Portunus” article calls it “one of the best preserved of all Roman temples” – and immediately goes on to say, “Its dedication remains unclear, as ancient sources mention several temples in this area of Rome, without saying enough to make it clear which this is” (!). It also says, “The temple owes its state of preservation to its being converted for use as a church in 872 and rededicated to Santa Maria Egiziaca (Saint Mary of Egypt).” Bill Thayer reproduces a richly-referenced article from A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome by Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby: OUP, 1929) – the article is entitled “Mater Matuta, Aedes” as that is what Platner thought it most probable that it is. It is linked on Thayer’s “Churches of Rome” site (which has an External Link in the Wikipedia “Churches of Rome” article). The Italian Wikipedia article “Chiesa di Santa Maria Egiziaca” has a fair bit of detail about its history as a Church – which Google translates thus: “The name of Santa Maria Egiziaca (Egyptian saint of the third century) occurs for the first time in a catalog of 1492 and becomes common in the catalogs of the sixteenth century.

    “Pope Pius V, in 1571, granted the church to the Armenians who had lost their church due to the construction of the ghetto and who kept it until 1921: thus it was the national church of the Armenians. Clement XI (1700-1721) had the church restored and embellished, as well as the adjoining hospice, where Armenian pilgrims who came to visit the holy places of Rome stayed.

    “In the 1920s the church was deconsecrated to restore the ancient Roman temple; most of the interior furnishings were transferred from 1924 to the church of San Nicola da Tolentino, which became the new Armenian national church; the annexed hospice for Armenian pilgrims was demolished in 1930.”

    A jolly corncob pipe! – I do find results when searching for Italian references to ‘Pipe di pannocchia’ – but suspect it is still probably easier for Americans to bring ones with them (or know how to make them).

  3. yeager says:

    white takes rook , then start moving your king across the board chasing his only pawn.

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