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Ravenna: its role in earlier medieval change and exchange

Citation: Herrin, Judith and Nelson, Jinty (2016) Ravenna: its role in earlier medieval change and exchange. Institute of Historical Research, University of London. ISBN 9781909646728


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In the long-debated transition from late antiquity to the early middle ages, the city of Ravenna presents a story rich and strange. From the fourth century onwards it suffered decline in economic terms. Yet its geographical position, its status as an imperial capital, and above all its role as a connecting-point between East and West, ensured that it remained an intermittent attraction for early medieval kings and emperors throughout the period from the late fifth to the eleventh century. Ravenna’s story is all the more interesting because it was complicated and unpredictable: discontinuous and continuous, sometimes obscure, sometimes including bursts of energetic activity. Throughout the early medieval centuries its flame sometimes flared, sometimes flickered, but never went out. The book is an invaluable resource for scholars of early medieval history, as well as being of interest to the general reader.

Creators: Herrin, Judith and Nelson, Jinty and
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Subjects: History
Divisions: UoL Press
Institute of Historical Research
Collections: Humanities Digital Library
  • 1 April 2016 (accepted)


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