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This podcast will explore the development of the art, architecture, culture and history in Italy, from ancient Roman times through the Renaissance. Listeners will develop an understanding of Italy’s role in the development of Western civilization and an ability to appreciate and understand works of art in their historical context.

This podcast will explore the development of the art, architecture, culture and history in Italy, from ancient Roman times through the Renaissance. Listeners will develop an understanding of Italy’s role in the development of Western civilization and an ability to appreciate and understand works of art in their historical context.
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This podcast will explore the development of the art, architecture, culture and history in Italy, from ancient Roman times through the Renaissance. Listeners will develop an understanding of Italy’s role in the development of Western civilization and an ability to appreciate and understand works of art in their historical context.

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English


Episodes

Episode 18: Florence - Giotto's Frescoes in Santa Croce

5/22/2019
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This episode will analyze Giotto's frescoes of "The Life of St. Francis" in the Bardi Chapel in Santa Croce. Giotto's introduction of naturalism, psychology, movement, emotion, and drama into his paintings was a groundbreaking innovation for medieval painting.

Duration:00:27:08

Episode 17: Florence - Celebrity Tombs in Santa Croce

5/15/2019
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This episode explores and examines what is arguably the world's most impressive collection of celebrity tombs that is housed in the great Franciscan basilica, including the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli.

Duration:00:21:38

Episode 16: Florence - The Basilica of Santa Croce

5/8/2019
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This episode explores the history and architecture of this great church in Florence, Italy and how the social and economic forces of medieval Florence contributed to making it the largest Franciscan church in the world.

Duration:00:21:01

Episode 15: Assisi - The Day the Earth Shook

5/1/2019
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This very personal podcast recounts my harrowing experience inside of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi when a severe earthquake struck the town in 1997 causing several vaults to collapse inside the Upper Basilica and killing four people.

Duration:00:17:02

Episode 14: Assisi - The Basilica of San Francesco

4/24/2019
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This episode examines the history, architecture and decoration of great shrine to St. Francis in Assisi that was decorated by a veritable all-star team of late-13th/early-14th-century artists such as Cimabue, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti and perhaps even Giotto. It also discusses the phenomenon of pilgrimage and the importance of relics in the spiritual life of medieval Christians.

Duration:00:26:38

Episode 13: Assisi - St. Francis of Assisi - How A Little Man Changed The World

4/17/2019
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This episode will examine the extraordinary life of one of the greatest revolutionaries in Western history: St. Francis of Assisi. It will also discuss how St. Francis' revolutionary natural philosophy may have sparked the historical movement known as the Renaissance.

Duration:00:30:52

Episode 12: Florence - Speaking Statues in Piazza della Signoria

4/10/2019
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This episode will examine the extraordinary collection of sculptures in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. From Donatello's "Judith and Holofernes' to Michelangelo's "David" to Cellini's "Perseus and Medusa", each sculpture represents a chapter in the extraordinary story that is the history of the great Renaissance city.

Duration:00:25:02

Episode 11: Florence - Palazzo Vecchio

4/3/2019
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This episode will analyze the architecture of the building that was the seat of political power in medieval Florence - the Palazzo Vecchio - and the historical circumstances that led to its construction.

Duration:00:21:34

Episode 10: Florence - Out of Darkness

3/21/2019
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This episode will trace the historical evolution of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire through Charlemagne and the creation of the Holy Roman Empire and finally to the rise of medieval city-states in Italy with particular emphasis given to the role of Florence.

Duration:00:19:23

Episode 9: Florence - Historical Origins

3/19/2019
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This podcast will examine the ancient Roman origins of the city of Florence and trace its urban development from its foundation in 59 B.C. to the modern city that we see today.

Duration:00:30:17

Episode 8: Ravenna - The Byzantine Empire Strikes Back

3/19/2019
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This podcast will examine the transformation of a provincial Italian town named Ravenna into an Imperial capital and how the Byzantine Emperor Justinian sought to recapture the western half of his empire.

Duration:00:16:09

Episode 7: Rome - Constantine and Christianity

3/19/2019
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This episode will address the rise of Christianity in the Roman world and the critical role that Emperor Constantine played in its success and changing the world forever.

Duration:00:24:29

Episode 6: Rome - The Pantheon

3/15/2019
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In this episode, we examine and analyze the ancient Roman temple that has been described as the most perfectly designed architectural monument in history.

Duration:00:25:51

Episode 4: Rome - Blood Sport

3/8/2019
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In this podcast we examine the jaw-dropping spectacles and bloody contests that took place inside of the Colosseum.

Duration:00:19:23

Episode 1: Rome - The Foundation Myth

2/27/2019
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This episode examines the foundation myth of Ancient Rome and how it reflects those critical historical and social factors that contributed to making Rome the most absolute empire in history.

Duration:00:17:46

Episode 5: Rome - Bread and Circus

2/20/2019
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This episode examines that most decadent period in ancient Roman history when emperors provided both lavish foods and spectacular entertainment to the citizens of Rome.

Duration:00:10:12

Episode 3: Rome - The Colosseum

2/6/2019
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This podcast analyzes the architecture and reconstructs the engineering marvels of the mother of all amphitheaters.

Duration:00:18:31

Episode 2: Rome - Julius Caesar and the Dawn of Empire

1/30/2019
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This episode recounts and analyzes the rise to power of Julius Caesar and the transformation of the Roman Republic into an Empire.

Duration:00:22:57