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Chess in the city

The game of chess is fascinating if you know the rules, the tactics, and the strategy. The black & white in Genoa can be found on most important buildings in town. Even on the side of the cathedral, a chessboard can be detected. Now the chess club Zonapedonale has engaged with several bars and restaurants [...]

Art and Architecture

This essay on Medieval Genoa is written by Professor Stephen A. Epstein of the History Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Professor George L. Gorse of the Art History Department of Pomona College, Claremont, CA After visiting Genoa in 1352, Petrarch (Le familiari, 14, 5, 23-5) wrote an important, early humanist laudation to [...]

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Economic Life

This essay on Medieval Genoa is written by Professor Stephen A. Epstein of the History Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Professor George L. Gorse of the Art History Department of Pomona College, Claremont, CA  (Watercolor painted by Jorge Eugenio Banzas, an Argentine artist living in Genoa in the eighties) Genoa and its [...]

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History and Municipal Institutions

This essay on Medieval Genoa is written by Professor Stephen A. Epstein of the History Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Professor George L. Gorse of the Art History Department of Pomona College, Claremont, CA   The classical Genua was a modest Roman provincial town at the head of the gulf of Liguria, [...]

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Physical Characteristics and Origins

This essay on Medieval Genoa is written by Professor Stephen A. Epstein of the History Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Professor George L. Gorse of the Art History Department of Pomona College, Claremont, CA Genoa is a maritime theatre. Like a Greek theatre, the Apennines branch from the Alps, dramatically framing this [...]

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