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Author West-Harling, Veronica, author
Title Rome, Ravenna and Venice, 750-1000 : Byzantine Heritage, Imperial Present, and the Construction of City Identity / Veronica West-Harling
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2020
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DG503 W516 2020    DUE 01-31-22    30530001355064
Edition First edition
Descript xxiii, 681 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
The richest and most politically complex regions in Italy in the earliest middle ages were the Byzantine sections of the peninsula, thanks to their links with the most coherent early medieval state, the Byzantine empire. This comparative study of the histories of Rome, Ravenna, and Venice examines their common Byzantine past, since all three escaped incorporation into the Lombard kingdom in the late 7th and early 8th centuries. By 750, however, Rome and Ravenna's political links with the Byzantine Empire had been irrevocably severed. Thus, did these cities remain socially and culturally heirs of Byzantium? How did their political structures, social organisation, material culture, and identities change? Did they become part of the Western political and ideological framework of Italy? 0This study identifies and analyses the ways in which each of these cities preserved the structures of the Late Antique social and cultural world; or in which they adapted each and every element available to them to their own needs, at various times and in various ways, to create a new identity based partly on their Roman heritage and partly on their growing integration with the rest of medieval Italy. It tells a story which encompasses the main contemporary narratives, documentary evidence, recent archaeological discoveries, and discussions on art history; it follows the markers of status and identity through titles, names, ethnic groups, liturgy and ritual, foundation myths, representations, symbols, and topographies of power to shed light on a relatively little known area of early medieval Italian history
Subject Italy -- History -- Carolingian rule, 774-887
Italy -- History -- Period of Italian Kings, 887-962
Italy -- History -- Germanic rule, 962-1268
Rome (Italy) -- History -- 476-1420
Ravenna (Italy) -- History -- To 1500
Venice (Italy) -- History -- 697-1508
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