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Splendour and decadence in Venice


Venice is a special place which fascinates but can also repel at times. There are certainly some dark episodes in the history of this city that rose from a humble village to “Queen of the Mediterranean” with its commercial empire. And then, faced with the rise of the Ottomans, it slowly sank into a giddy, golden decline until it fell to the armies of Bonaparte.

NB: the original title of this lecture was “Behind the mask”, but with Covid-19 around, it somehow felt inappropriate.

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