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    Giordano Bruno, Dominican, Philosopher, Astronomer, Mathematician (1548 – February 17, 1600)

      • Giordano Bruno, after listening unmoved to his sentence, looked his executioners in the eye and spoke his last sentence on earth: "Maiori forsan cum timore sententiam in me fertis quam ego accipiam"
      • (Perhaps you pronounce this sentence against me with greater fear than I receive it)".
      In the early morning hours of Friday, February 17, 1600, one of those processions which were all too familiar to Rome was seen wending its way to the Campo dei Fiori, the place where the Holy Mother Church burned her heretical sons. Giordano Bruno was led to the pile, clad as a heretic, "his tongue was imprisoned because of his wicked words". He was bound to the stake and the hungry flames began to lick at his flesh. But not one sigh of agony escaped from that noble breast. When, at the last moment of his torment, a crucifix was held before him, he turned his eyes away. When the fire had died out his ashes were dumped into the Tiber river. Bruno's works were placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (1603).
    "I fought a lot; I thought I could win, but fate and nature repressed my study and my efforts. But it is already something to be on the battlefield because to win depends very much on fortune.
    But I did as much as I could and I do not think anyone of the future generation will deny it.
    I was not afraid of death, I never gave in to anyone, I chose courageous death instead of a coward’s life".

    De Monade 1591, Giordano Bruno.




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