The Roman Ghetto

Prof. Kenneth Stow

In 1555, Pope Paul IV ordered the Jews of Rome who lived there since Ancient times to reside in a Claustrum, a Serraglio, as it was called, and after 1588, nostro ghet, by the Jews themselves. The first ghetto was Venice, in 1516. However, it was only after this took place in Rome that ghettoization spread throughout Italy.

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