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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1604: Public Life and Civic Ritual in Ravenna, c. 400-1200

Thursday 13 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Edward Coleman, Department of History,
Moderator/Chair:Edward Coleman, Department of History,
Respondent:Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis, Department of History, Indiana University, Bloomington
Paper 1604-aPublic Life in Ravenna from Epigraphic Evidence between the 4th and 5th Centuries
(Language: English)
Alessandro Bazzocchi, Dipartimento di Storie & Metodi per la Conservazione dei Beni Culturali, Università degli Studi di Bologna
Index terms: Administration, Epigraphy, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1604-bPublic Life and Civic Ritual in Ravenna during the Exarchate (mid-6th to mid-8th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Thomas Brown, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Paper 1604-cThe Byzantine Legacy in Ravenna after the End of Byzantine Rule: The Use of Late Roman and Byzantine Official Titles from the 8th until the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Gianluca Raccagni, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

Ravenna enjoyed a central role throughout late antiquity and the early Middle Ages: in 402 it became the capital of the Western Roman Empire, then, after its collapse of the Ostrogothic kingdom of Italy and, between 540 and 751, it was the seat of the Byzantine exarch (governor) of Italy. Thanks to the power and authority of its archbishops, even after the Lombard conquest Ravenna remained one of the most important cities of the Italian peninsula, and a regional capital until at least the 13th century, when it lost ground to local autonomous cities and lords and then to the Papacy. The session looks at the evolution of public life and of its display in the three main ages of the city: looking at the epigraphic evidence documenting public life in the late Roman and Ostrogothic city; examining the public life of the Byzantine period; and finally studying the latter legacy until the 13th century, through the continuous use of old Byzantine titles, such as that of exarch by the archbishops.