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Title: Lontano dal Canal Grande: ebrei e Venezia nell'età del ghetto
Authors: Tamani, Giuliano
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: In the 16th and 17th centuries a special relationship was established between Venice and the Jews living on the lagoons, which recent scholarship has described in the light of the Renaissence <<Myth of Venice>>. This relationship, with no equal in the Jewish Diaspora, had many reasons: 1. the laws of the most Serene Republic were compared by Jewish intellectuals to Mosaic law; 2. the Ghetto proved to be an ambivalent institution, on the one hand confining the Jews into an enclosed space with limited contacts with the outside, on the other allowing them some kind of internal autonomy in the organization of communal life; 3. the opportunity granted to Marranos fleeing from the Iberian Peninsula to openly revert to Judaism, without being persecuted by the Inquisition; 4. the presence in the city of several Hebrew print shops, usually run by Venetian patricians, but employing Jews and Jewish converts as typesetters and proofreaders, a phenomenon which from 16th to early 17th century turned Venice into an international center of Hebrew printing.
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