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Syracuse, Italy - Ear of Dionysius
Syracuse, Italy (Siracusa) - This card shows an artificial cave, 65 m long and 23 m high, which was given the name of The Ear of Dionysius by Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, when in 1586, accompanied by the Syracusan archaeologist Vincenzo Mirabella, he visited the Latomie del Paradiso and the cave, noting the human ear-shaped entrance to the latter. The legend was thus created that Dionysus had the cave excavated to use it as a prison and exploited its still amazing acoustics to eavesdrop on his prisoners. Date: circa 1905
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection