Fall of Constantinople and Byzantine Scholars in Renaissance Italy — the Fertile Soil out of Which the Modern World Emerged

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depiction of the Siege of Constantinople in 1453
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Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II ‘the Conqueror’ (r.1444–1446, 1451–1481), painted by Gentile Bellini

“The spider is curtain-bearer in the palace of Chosroes,
The owl sounds the relief in the castle of Afrasiyab.”

-Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, quoting Saadi Shirazi (1210–1292)

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School of Athens — with Plato and Aristotle in the center (fresco by Raphael in the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City (1511))

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