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Prophecy and Political Emancipation in the History of Italy: The Rebirth of Prophecy and the Risorgimento.

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  • Wed 26 Feb 2020 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-02-26 17:00 2020-02-26 19:00 Europe/Paris Prophecy and Political Emancipation in the History of Italy: The Rebirth of Prophecy and the Risorgimento.

In the framework of the HEC Department Colloquia

At the beginning of the Risorgimento, new prophetic voices urged Italians to emancipate themselves from their servile mentality and fight to attain national independence and political liberty. The new prophets were poets. The most prominent of them was Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873). In the hymn Pentecost, (1812-1815) he evokes the typical prophetic image of a living God who operates in the world to inspire and guide a Church that suffers, prays, and fights the oppressors of peoples. The divine word that operates in the world to comfort the grieved, is a signal to the peoples : it edifies the city on the hill so that it be a force that announces the coming of new times. To the force of prophetic poetry, Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) added, especially in Nabucco (1841), the force of a prophetic music that deeply moved the best souls of Italy to fight for national redemption. Giuseppe Mazzini, the acknowledged, though controversial, prophet of the Risorgimento, drew from Dante the sense of his prophetic mission, as his essay Dell’amor patrio in Dante (1826), attests. Faithful to the belief that the prophet’s duty is to criticize the moral and political corruption of his times and to exhort his fellow-citizens to fight and sacrifice themselves for their redemption, Mazzini delivered a radically innovative prophetic message in which national redemption, republican liberty and religious regeneration were inseparable elements of a redemptive vision designed to inaugurate, under God’s guidance and protection, a radically new epoch in the history of humanity. 

 

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  Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle

In the framework of the HEC Department Colloquia

At the beginning of the Risorgimento, new prophetic voices urged Italians to emancipate themselves from their servile mentality and fight to attain national independence and political liberty. The new prophets were poets. The most prominent of them was Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873). In the hymn Pentecost, (1812-1815) he evokes the typical prophetic image of a living God who operates in the world to inspire and guide a Church that suffers, prays, and fights the oppressors of peoples. The divine word that operates in the world to comfort the grieved, is a signal to the peoples : it edifies the city on the hill so that it be a force that announces the coming of new times. To the force of prophetic poetry, Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) added, especially in Nabucco (1841), the force of a prophetic music that deeply moved the best souls of Italy to fight for national redemption. Giuseppe Mazzini, the acknowledged, though controversial, prophet of the Risorgimento, drew from Dante the sense of his prophetic mission, as his essay Dell’amor patrio in Dante (1826), attests. Faithful to the belief that the prophet’s duty is to criticize the moral and political corruption of his times and to exhort his fellow-citizens to fight and sacrifice themselves for their redemption, Mazzini delivered a radically innovative prophetic message in which national redemption, republican liberty and religious regeneration were inseparable elements of a redemptive vision designed to inaugurate, under God’s guidance and protection, a radically new epoch in the history of humanity. 

 


Location:
Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Contact:
Francesca Parenti - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Federico Romero (EUI - HEC)
Giorgio Riello

Speaker:
Prof. Maurizio Viroli (Princeton University)

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