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Papal Swords

In 1505, as pennance for a quarrel with Julius II, Michelangelo began a year-long project creating a giant bronze statue of the man. When the sculptor suggested depicting the pope with his right hand raised and a book in his left, Julius demurred. "Put a sword there," he demanded, "for I know nothing of letters."

[Fittingly, the statue was later melted down -- so the bronze could be used to build cannons.]

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