Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Πουλχερία

As narrated yesterday, Pulcheria was the sister of Theodosius II and the one who had preceded him as Empress on the throne of Costantinople while he was coming of age. She was a central political figure throughout all her life and was crucial in trying to resolve the theological conflict between the archbishop of Constantinople […]

Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Aelia Eudocia (Athenais)

Aelia Eudocia (Athens, 401 – Jerusalem, 20 October 460) was the wife of Byzantine emperor Theodosius II. She was born from a Greek philosopher and was educated in rhetoric by her father, a wealthy nobleman of Athens. The story goes that Athenais took upon herself to manage the household and raise her two brothers, when […]

Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Volumnia

Volumnia was a noblewoman and the mother of the Roman general and rebel Gaius Marcius Coriolanus. According to Titus Livius, she disapproved of her son’s rebellion against Rome and was ultimately successful, aided by her daughter-in-law Volumnia, in visiting her son’s camp and convincing him to desist in his will to launch an attack against […]

Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia

Artemisia Gentileschi (July 8, 1593 – c. 1656) is one of the most famous Italian Baroque painters, whose work often outmatches contemporary celebrated geniuses like Caravaggio. A victim of violence herself, and a target of public shame following the trial of her assailant, her works are often mythological of biblical scenes in which women are rebelling […]

Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Lucretia

Lucretia is one of the most famous women of Roman tradition, a noblewoman whose suicide (again) prompted the overthrown of the Roman monarchy and the birth of the Republic. Her story is narrated by three main sources: Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Ovid and Titus Livius. Our favourite is, of course, Ovid. As the story goes, Lucretia […]

#BIMpill – Breakdown del modello

Come ormai dovremmo sapere quasi tutti, quando si parla di “modello unico” in BIM si sta operando una semplificazione: modello s’intende nel senso più ampio possibile, nel senso matematico, come insieme, nuvola di diversi file collegati e coordinati tra di loro all’interno dell’Ambiente di Condivisione dei Dati e mai come di un singolo file per […]

Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Amalaswintha

Amalasuintha was the daughter of Theoderic the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, and she reigned from 526 to 535 first as regent and then, if only for just one year, as queen regnant. She was a prominent intellectual figure and is known to have spoken fluently both Latin and Greek, on top of the Gothic […]

Madeleine de Scudéry’s Femmes Illustres – Pantea Arteshbod

Panthea was a Persian Lieutenant Commander who served under Cyrus the Great, a thing far from being uncommon for Persian women. She played a crucial role in the Battle of Opis (539 b.C.) during the Persian invasion of Mesopotamia, in which the armies of Cyrus defeated the neo-Babylonian emperor Nabonidus, thus annexing Babylonia into the […]