Skip to comments.Cause of death of Italian saint uncovered
Posted on 06/11/2010 2:27:30 PM PDT by NYer
Researchers have used X-ray techniques to uncover the cause of death of a 700-year-old Italian saint.
Santa Rosa - who died when she was 18 or 19 years old - was most likely killed by a blood clot in the heart, say the Italian research team.
It is said the 13th Century saint had miraculous powers that allowed her to raise someone from the dead and to survive the flames of a burning pyre.
Her mummified remains are conserved in a monastery near Rome.
Santa Rosa is one of the most important saints in the Roman Catholic Church and is revered by thousands of peopleProfessor Ruggero D'Anastasio
The research team had been asked in 1995 to carry out some preservation work on the body, which was showing signs of damage.
As part of the restoration work, they were able to take X-rays using a mobile device.
Historical records suggested she may have died of tuberculosis, the researchers said, but they found no evidence she had the infection.
What they did find was that she had Cantrell's syndrome - a rare condition causing defects in the heart and surrounding tissues.
Now an X-ray of the heart has shown a dark area suggestive of a probably fatal blockage, according to a report published in The Lancet.
Study leader Professor Ruggero D'Anastasio said: "Santa Rosa is one of the most important saints in the Roman Catholic Church and is revered by thousands of people.
"In the future we hope to analyse the heart with more modern technologies."
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Genoese...Bolognese... Sicilian...ravenna...Paduan...etc. those terms make sense when describing those inhabiting these regions/City states of the Italian peninusla in that time.
Most “journalists” don’t know these things.
But once again gently...Saint Rosa is a Christian saint born in Vitervo. Describing her “Italian” makes almost as much sense as calling Saint Nicholas a Turk (gasp). Ethnicity makes little sense when discussing Christinity.
Words generally have shades of meaning, and if one is to read carefully, one must put them into historical context. Identical spelling of an adjective does not mean that its use in two widely distinct contexts may be presumed to be identical. “Virginian” in 1763 would be related to yet distinct from the same term in 1784 or in 1820 or in 1863 or in 1963. The 19th century unification of the Italian peninsula is responsible for the common modern notion of what Italian means, which is related to yet not identical with past usages. At the time of St. Rosa’s death, Italian identity would be minimal—most of the wars that the governments on the peninsula were involved with were with each other, or at least against each other as parts of complex alliances.
The BBC guy is being sloppy, but given the level of education that his readers have, it is easiest to perpetuate the fiction that the present social/political units have largely existed from time immemorial.
Didn't they build leaning towers? :-)
And were the Romans italic?
Only if they didn’t close their tags.
I would say, from the vantage point of the same fact that Italy was not a nation state till 19c, — that you two should not bring the modern assumption about ethnicity needing a state in to medieval contexts.
“Italian” means as much and as little as “Greek”, “English” or “French”. It identifies the country (not the state) of birth, the native language, physiognomy, etc. It has nothing to do with political structures.
It is not the same as describing a Byzantine bishop as a “Turk” because the Turks did not settle in Asia Minor till centuries later.
It would be nice — although a tad pedantic — to identify St. Rosa with greater precision (as what, Lazian?) but it is not necessary. There si nothign wrong with the adentification int he article. Again, the adjective “Italian” as we just saw, existed since at least 1c.
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