Plague of Antoninus Epidemic Spreads Across Europe

The worst European smallpox epidemic was the Plague of Antoninus Continue reading

Origins of St. Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine's Day is a merger of the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, the fertility holiday on February 15, Continue reading

Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (/ˌmɒntɪˈvɛərdi/, also US: /-ˈvɜːrd-/, Italian: [ˈklaudjo monteˈverdi] (listen); baptized 15 May 1567 – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, string player and choirmaster. Continue reading

Teatro di San Cassiano Opera House

The Teatro di San Cassiano opera house opened in Venice, Italy in 1637 Continue reading

Aldus Manutius

Aldus Pius Manutius (/məˈnjuːʃiəs/; Italian: Aldo Pio Manuzio; 1449/1452 – 6 February 1515) was an Italian humanist, scholar, educator, and the founder of the Aldine Press. Manutius devoted the later part of his life to publishing and disseminating rare texts.

Monteverdi Composed an Orchestral Score

Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, pioneered the orchestral musical composition score Continue reading

Aldus Manutius Invented Typesetting Italics

Aldine Press of Venice, Italy, under the master printer Aldus Manutius printed the first pocket-sized book in 1501 using typesetting italics. Continue reading

Monteverdi Premiered the First Orchestra Performance

Composer, Claudio Monteverdi premiered the first orchestral performance of his opera La favola d'Orfeo (The Fable of Orpheus) Continue reading

Aldus Manutius Published First Editions of Greek Classics

Aldus Manutius was Italy's first important printer to publish the Greek classics in March 1495. Continue reading

Romans Invented Actuarial Tables

Ancient Romans invented mortality tables that calculated the risk of death for people at various ages in 220 CE, Continue reading