To ward off fear on this Friday 17th, what better way than relaxing in the Jacuzzi at Corte Grisela with a glass of Arcerus Extra Brut sparkling wine? Then in the meantime, continue reading!
Are you also heptacaidecaphobes? From the Greek ἑπτακαίδεκα, “seventeen” and φόβος phóbos, “fear”, heptacaidecaphobia is the fear of the number 17! Below you will discover the various theories why modern man is disturbed by this number, especially when associated with Friday.
Friday the 17th is considered unlucky in Italy and in other countries of Greek-Latin origin. The origin of this preconception can be traced back to the combination of two extremely negative elements, namely Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ death, and the number 17; which, like 13, is also considered unlucky in Anglo-Saxon countries.
But what has happened so negatively over the centuries that Friday the 17th has become such a dreaded date?
In Ancient Greece, the followers of Pythagoras despised the number 17 because it was between 16 and 18, the numbers that perfectly reflected the representation of 4×4 and 3×6 quadrilaterals.
Another reason, this time from the religious world, is that in the Old Testament the date of the beginning of the flood is the 17th of the second month, and according to the Bible Jesus died on the same day.
In Ancient Rome, it was customary to write ‘VIXI’, meaning ‘I lived’ or ‘I died’ on tombstones, but in the Middle Ages, due to widespread illiteracy, the inscription was confused with the number 17, which was actually XVII.
This day teaches us a little about how the past can really influence the future: old traditions, old beliefs, are passed down from generation to generation just as they are for the Tessari family and their passion for wine.