Exploring History
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Exploring History

When the Nazis Burned Caligula’s Floating Palaces

An act of spite turned two invaluable historical artifacts to ashes

Black and white photograph of a man standing in front of a giant wooden hull
The hull of one of the ships (Wikimedia Commons)

I guess that anything we manage to save from history is a miracle,” Donna Tartt wrote in her 2014 Pulitzer winning novel The Goldfinch.
I suppose it must be true, considering how many historical and artistic treasures we managed to destroy — out of malice, bad judgment, political or religious zeal, or simply…

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Giulia Montanari

Giulia Montanari

Thirty-something public registrar in Italy. Can’t parallel park to save my life. Join Medium with my referral link: https://medium.com/@tanarx/membership