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The philosopher, astronomer, mathematician and priest Giordano Bruno was executed for heresy on February 17, 1600, by order of Pope Clement VIII. He found his end on a pyre on the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome, where a statue of him stands today. Bruno is widely regarded as one of the most adventurous thinkers of the Renaissance.

Catholic monks used to be recognizable by their shaven crown, the so-called tonsure, sometimes also called the ‘corona’. This symbol of devotion was popular for a long time, but resistance arose in the course of the twentieth century.

In the Bible book of Daniel it can be read that during a feast of the Babylonian king Belshazzar a proverb suddenly appears on the wall. Everyone sees the text. It says Mene mene tekel upharsin. However, no one knows what this spell means. Only the Jewish exile Daniel can explain the text.