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Genzano di Lucania history
This is about Genzano history as I know it:
This post of Genzano di Lucania history is also being written because when I was at school in Genzano di Lucania, my teacher who was also a writer was writing a book about Genzano, I wish I had this book with me now, so that I could find many more things to say about Genzano, but this book is very hard to find these days, so I have to say only those things that I remember and
So, let us begin; how Genzano came into existence is not exactly known today; but, the earliest and first written stories about Genzano, goes back to Roman times, or about when the Roman
Empire started to crumble, see the report below that I have found on the Internet, where it states when the Western Roman Empire collapsed.
The Western Roman Empire collapsed in 476 as Romulus Augustus was forced to abdicate to the Germanic warlord Odoacer.
But even before the Roman Empirecollapsed there is an event somewhere in the Roman history where they talk about a Genzano town, whether that Genzano is Genzano di Lucania or Genzano di Roma as we know them today is not clear, but anyhow there was a Genzano town during the Roman Empire, since I am talking about Genzano di Lucania, let us assume that it could well be Genzano di Lucania.
Apart from the facts that these posts are being written for my blogs' readers, I hope
also that my countrymen Genzanesi will come across these posts about Genzano
town and follow me and my blogs and also write a few comments.
Now, let me tell you another very old story about Genzano: this story that I am going to tell you here may well be after the time when the Roman Empire collapsed: And this story that I am
telling you here is about St. Antonio Abate who is still nowadays the patron
saint of Genzano, this story goes back to the fifth century AD or there about,
a sort of Genzano town already existed then and there was a war going on at
that time: The town of Genzano made resistance to the enemy aggression and its
demands, so it was put under siege. The enemy was furious and was going to
destroy Genzano; so they set their war machines ready for tomorrow to begin the
assault of Genzano and destroy it. The town of Genzano was in grave danger, but
that night the weather rained, snowed and became bitterly cold, it was so cold
that froze everything stiff, so cold and frozen were the war machines that they
could not be used or even moved, and the weather was cold for a very long time
afterward, until the enemy became tired and left; and that’s how Genzano was
saved from destruction. The day that this event happened was on the 17th
day of January, which is the day of St.
Antonio Abate according to the Roman Catholic calendar. See what I found on the
Internet about this great saint:
Anthony the Great or Antony the Great
(c. 251–356), (Coptic Ⲁⲃⲃⲁ Ⲁⲛⲧⲱⲛⲓ), also known as Saint Anthony, Anthony the
Abbot, Anthony of Egypt, Anthony of the Desert,
Anthony the Anchorite, Abba Antonius (Ἀββᾶς
Ἀντώνιος), and Father
of All Monks, was a Christian saint from Egypt, a prominent leader among the Desert
Fathers. He is celebrated in many churches on his feast days:
30 January in the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church; 17 January in the Roman Catholic Church and the Coptic Catholic Church.
The biography of Anthony's life by Athanasius of Alexandria helped to spread
the concept of monasticism, particularly in Western Europe through Latin translations.
He is often erroneously considered the first monk, but as his biography and
other sources make clear, there were many ascetics before him. Anthony was,
however, the first known ascetic going into the wilderness, a geographical
shift that seems to have contributed to his renown.
Anthony is appealed to against infectious diseases, particularly skin
diseases. "Saint Anthony's fire" has described different afflictions
including ergotism, erysipelas and shingles.
End of Internet report about Saint Anthony.
this great Saint Anthony, let me tell you how the story goes: The folks of
Genzano believe that this incredible happening of cold weather was due to
divine intervention through St. Antonio Abate: And this is the reason why St.
Antonio Abate was made Patron Saint and protector of Genzano; this belief about
Saint Anthony has lasted to the present time, and I have to ad that even today
when there is a problem in this town, let us say it has not rained for a long
time so rain is needed for the fields to
grow, the priest and the people soon take Sant’Antonio out in a procession through
the town and into the country, in the hope that Sant’Antonio will help to make
it rain. This is how the people of Genzano venerate this Saint.
Now let me go back to Genzano
history, for a very long time after this happening obove, and during the Dark
Ages there doesn’t seem to be any history written about Genzano, and therefore
nobody seems to know what has happened during that time.