2005 Florence Symposium

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2005 Florence Symposium, Music of the Sack of Rome, 1527 
featuring guests Niccolo Capponi, political scientist, and Douglas Kirk, cornettist and music historian


Dr. Niccolo Capponi, noted Italian Political Scientist, is an authority on European Military History and Politics.  The topic of his lecture was a Military and Political Analysis and Evaluation of the Sack of Rome, 1527.

His dissertation was the winner of the Italian Society of Military History's prize for the best dissertation in Military History.  His publications include three books with topics ranging from the Spanish Civil War, the Samurai, and English Historians of the Nineteenth Century.  Forthcoming book subjects include Ferdinand II de' Medici and the Battle of Lepanto, 1571.  Dr. Capponi has taught the political science course offered to ISU students enrolled in the LAS College's Semester in Florence Study Abroad Program.  He lives in the historic Palazzo Capponi (formerly Palazzo Bardi) whose important archives contain letters dating back to the 13th century.  In the movie Hannibal, Dr. Fell (Anthony Hopkins) was appointed curator of this library.  The Capponi family was also featured in a Bill Moyers PBS documentary, The Power of the Past: Florence.

Doc and Niccolo

Doc and Niccolo are working out the details of the symposium performance.

The Music Men

The Music Men at rehearsal 

the Music men performing

The Music Men during performance
Photo by Steve Kawaler

Antiqua performers

Photo by Steve Kawaler

Niccolo Capponi
Symposium poster

Symposium poster

Doug Kirk and other performers

Douglas Kirk, featured cornettist 
Photo by Steve Kawaler

Steve on the lute

Photo by Steve Kawaler

Symposium poster

Symposium poster

Niccolo Capponi
niccolo capponi