The dark, many-towered Bologna rises up through the clear Winter... ...so felt Giosué Carducci as he wrote about the city in which he lived for over forty years. In 1860 the Ministry of Public Instruction offered him the post of Italian Literature in Europe's oldest university which he only left in 1867 when he was sent to Naples for having founded a Masonic lodge in Bologna. The "Aula del Poeta" remained as it always had been at the Palazzo Poggi, and it became a monument of scholar and of the reconsacrate literatire of the Bolognese Alma Mater Studiorem. The Aula is preceded by the "Sala d'Ercole" (Hercules' Room), which has this name because of the statue of Hercules which was sculpted in 1730 by Angelo Pió. A copy of this statue can be seen in the centure of Palazzo Poggi's magnificent courtyard.
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