The Borgias: The Original Crime Family.
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"So then… I shall become a nun. For I shall never love a husband as I love you, Cesare."
I say that every Prince should desire to be accounted merciful and not cruel. Nevertheless, he should be on his guard against the abuse of this quality of mercy. Cesare Borgia was reputed cruel, yet his cruelty restored Romagna, united it, and brought it to order and obedience […] For a new Prince, of all others, it is impossible to escape a name for cruelty, since new States are full of dangers. Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, chapter XVII (x)
"don’t tell me I am pretty or thin or sweet or good until you have crawled inside my skin and felt the depths and shallows of me. only I know who I am. I live inside myself and it is a rotting cage."
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Basilica of San Vitale - Ravenna (Italy)
The Church of San Vitale, the masterpiece of Byzantine art in Ravenna. Construction began in 526 by Bishop Ecclesius under the Ostrogothic queen Amalasuntha (d. 535) and was consecrated in 547 during the reign of the emperor Justinian. This octagonal church, built of marble and capped by a lofty terra-cotta dome, is one of the most important surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and mosaic work.
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Statuette of the lady Tiye c. 1390-1349 B.C. reign of Amenhotep III–Akhenaten 18th dynasty Egypt