Category: Italy

The Etruscans

Before the Romans, there was another advanced civilization living in central Italy- the Etruscans. Not much is known about them, and what we do know comes from the Romans, who threw off their rule to become independent. Therefore, most of our view of them are colored by Roman attitudes, which were less than favorable. Who […]

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Renaissance Zombies

Most people are aware of the resurgence of zombies in popular culture.  What most people don’t realize that there was a time in history when the streets of Italy resembled The Walking Dead.  The syphilis outbreak in the High Renaissance was very close to a zombie outbreak in the most cosmopolitan parts of Europe. The […]

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THE FIRST USE OF BIOLOGICAL WARFARE AND THE SIEGE OF KAFFA

It is recorded that by 1331 The Black Death was ravaging its way through central Asia. It was for a long time a mystery as to how exactly this plague managed to make its way to the shores of Europe but by reading ancient texts historians and biologists think they have traced its advancement to […]

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