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he Venetian Ghetto, during the three centuries of its existence (1516-1797) was not only the seraglio of a humiliating segregation, but also a place of an intense cultural working-out and of attendance to the literary life of Italian society.

16th and 17th centuries saw not only the flourishing of the Jewish printing works, with editions making Venice the most important printing centre of Europe, but also the birth  of literary works, together with the traditional religious production, which characterized  the city in the lagoon in the contemporary Jewish cultural context.