Italy History and Culture Podcast

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Italy History and Culture Podcast

The genetic profile of the ancient Romans Weird Italy

The DNA of the Romans has changed over time following the evolution of the historical phases that have marked the life and growth of the city. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2022/01/13/the-genetic-profile-of-the-ancient-romans/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The Benandanti: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults between 16th and 17th centuries in Italy Weird Italy

A trial for heresy of two peasants reveals a pagan-shamanic  peasant cult based on the fertility of the land widespread in Friuli,  northern Italy, around the 16th-17th centuries. The Benandanti was an agrarian cult with shamanic characteristics that  gradually transformed under the pressure of the inquisitors to assume  the features of traditional witchcraft. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2022/01/10/the-benandanti-witchcraft-and-agrarian-cults-between-16th-and-17th-centuries-in-italy/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The Complex Cosmogony of a Sixteenth-Century Italian Miller Weird Italy

On September 28, 1583, Menocchio, an Italian miller, was denounced to the Holy Office on the charge of having uttered and attempted to spread “heretical and impious” words about Christ. The trial brings to light the complex cosmogony and worldview of a miller who stunned the inquisitors. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2021/12/29/the-cosmogony-of-a-sixteenth-century-italian-miller/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

Giovanni Bugatti, Mastro Titta, the executioner of the Papal States who executed 514 people Weird Italy

He became an executioner at the age of 17, in 1796. Bugatti noted 516 names of the executed, but two convicts are subtracted from the account, one because he was shot and the other because he was hanged and quartered by his aide. This episode is also available as a blog post: Giovanni Bugatti, the official Papal executioner who executed 514 people (weirditaly.com)
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The Sator Square: SATOR, AREPO, TENET, OPERA, ROTAS Weird Italy

The Sator Square has been the subject of frequent archaeological discoveries, both in stone epigraphs and in graffiti, but the sense and the symbolic meaning still remain obscure, despite the numerous hypotheses formulated. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2021/11/02/the-enigma-of-the-sator-square/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The Curious Story of the Nemi Ships built by Caligula Weird Italy

The Nemi ships had been built by Emperor Caligula, in honor of the Egyptian goddess Isis and Diana, goddess of wild animals and the hunt. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2021/10/31/the-bizarre-story-of-the-nemi-ships-built-by-caligula/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The bizarre story of the Chronovisor, a "Time Machine" Allegedly Invented by the Italian Monk and Exorcist Pellegrino Ernetti Weird Italy

The chronovisor (or chronoscope) is allegedly a functional time viewer, an hypothetical device capable of capturing and reproducing images and sounds from the past This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2021/10/10/the-chronovisor-a-time-machine-allegedly-invented-by-the-italian-monk-and-exorcist-pellegrino-ernetti/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The bizarre history of the Republic of Rose Island, a micronation on a man-made platform off the coast of Italy Weird Italy

The Republic of Rose Island was the name given to an artificial platform of 400 m² that stood in the Adriatic Sea outside Italian territorial waters, designed by engineer Giorgio Rosa in 1958 and completed in 1967. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2021/08/06/the-curious-history-of-the-republic-of-rose-island-a-micronation-on-a-man-made-platform-off-the-coast-of-italy/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The Mithraeum of San Clemente in Rome: an underground temple devoted to Mithras Weird Italy

The Mithraeum is a building from the Roman imperial period buried several meters below the Basilica of San Clemente del Laterano in Rome, located between the Esquiline and Caelian hills, in the extension of the Colosseum and the Ludus Magnus. The article originally appeared on https://weirditaly.com/2021/05/08/the-mithraeum-of-san-clemente-in-rome-an-underground-temple-devoted-to-mithras/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The Origins of the Story of Romeo and Juliet Weird Italy

The story of Romeo and Juliet is told in Historia novellamente ritrovata di due nobili amanti, written between 1512 and 1524. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2021/04/18/the-origins-of-the-story-of-romeo-and-juliet/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The Bizarre Festival of the Snake-Catchers in Italy Weird Italy

The festival of the snake-catchers involves a procession carrying the statue of St. Dominic, draped with living snakes, through the streets of Cocullo, Italy. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2021/04/13/the-festival-of-the-snake-catchers-in-italy/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

Codex Seraphinianus, the Bizarre Encyclopedia by Luigi Serafini Weird Italy

The book is composed by 360 pages and it’s written in a cipher alphabet in an imaginary language. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2016/04/30/codex-seraphinianus-surreal-encyclopedia-luigi-serafini/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The legendary sword in the stone of San Galgano Weird Italy

The sword in the stone: San Galgano Abbey in Tuscany This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2014/06/03/the-sword-in-the-stone-san-galgano-abbey-in-tuscany/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The Royal Palace of Caserta Weird Italy

The Royal Palace of Caserta was the largest palace in Europe and a perfect example of Baroque art style. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2014/05/31/royal-palace-of-caserta/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

Castel del Monte, the Fortress of Mysteries Weird Italy

Castel del Monte was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as “a unique masterpiece of medieval military architecture”. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2014/02/25/castel-del-monte-the-fortress-of-the-mysteries/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The submerged Belltower of Curon Weird Italy

The pleasant village of Graun, in Italian Curon Venosta, is  located in the heart of the tourist region Val Venosta, not far from the  border with Switzerland and Austria. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2013/04/13/surreal-places-the-old-bell-tower-of-submerged-curon/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

Christ of the Abyss, a submerged bronze statue of Jesus in Italy Weird Italy

The statue was born from an idea by Duilio Marcante following the death of Dario Gonzatti, one of the pioneers of scuba diving, during a dive in 1950. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2013/04/08/christ-of-the-abyss/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The story of Leonarda Cianciulli, the woman who turned the bodies of her victims into soap Weird Italy

Leonarda Cianciulli, the Soapmaker of Correggio This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2013/04/25/leonarda-cianciulli-the-soapmaker-of-correggio/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The story of Giovanni Aldini: the scientist who inspired Frankenstein's story Weird Italy

Giovanni Aldini was an Italian physicist born at Bologna, nephew of Luigi Galvani, and he became a professor of physics at Bologna in 1798. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2013/03/18/giovanni-aldini-reanimator/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The story of Ugolino, the Cannibal Count Weird Italy

In Dante’s Inferno (Canto XXXIII, the level of hell where the traitors  were punished) he has been described eating the skull of Ruggeri  Archbishop, the man who condemned him to die for starving in Muda Tower. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://weirditaly.com/2013/03/26/ugolino-the-cannibal-count/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

What is everybody’s natural language? The cruel experiment in language deprivation of Frederick II Weird Italy

Throughout history were conducted experiments involving language deprivation trying to discover the origin of language. The article was originally published on https://weirditaly.com/2013/03/04/which-is-the-natural-language-the-cruel-experiment-in-language-deprivation-of-frederick-ii/
Italy History and Culture Podcast

The museum of the mummies of Ferentillo Weird Italy

The Museum of mummies is a museum located in Ferentillo that exhibits the ancient mummies of the inhabitants of the  town.  The article originally appeared on https://weirditaly.com/2013/02/13/creepy-ferentillo-mummies/