Ravenna: its role in earlier medieval change and exchange


Judith Herrin
Jinty Nelson


Ravenna, Social, Economic, Church, Rome, Religion


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.

Published as part of the IHR Conference Series by the Institute of Historical Research.


  • Introduction
  • 1. A tale of two cities: Rome and Ravenna under Gothic rule
    Peter Heather
  • 2. Episcopal commemoration in late fifth-century Ravenna
    Deborah M. Deliyannis
  • 3. Production, promotion and reception: the visual culture of Ravenna between late antiquity and the middle ages
    Maria Cristina Carile
  • 4. Ravenna in the sixth century: the archaeology of change
    Carola Jäggi
  • 5. The circulation of marble in the Adriatic Sea at the time of Justinian
    Yuri A. Marano
  • 6. Social instability and economic decline of the Ostrogothic community in the aftermath of the imperial victory: the papyri evidence
    Salvatore Cosentino
  • 7. A striking evolution: the mint of Ravenna during the early middle ages
    Vivien Prigent
  • 8. Roman law in Ravenna
    Simon Corcoran
  • 9. The church of Ravenna, Constantinople and Rome in the seventh century
    Veronica Ortenberg West-Harling
  • 10. Nobility, aristocracy and status in early medieval Ravenna
    Edward M. Schoolman
  • 11. Charlemagne and Ravenna
    Jinty Nelson
  • 12. The early medieval naming-world of Ravenna, eastern Romagna and the Pentapolis
    Wolfgang Haubrichs
  • 13. San Severo and religious life in Ravenna during the ninth and tenth centuries
    Andrea Augenti and Enrico Cirelli
  • 14. Life and learning in earlier eleventh-century Ravenna: the evidence of Peter Damian’s letters
    Michael Gledhill
  • 15. Culture and society in Ottonian Ravenna: imperial renewal or new beginnings?
    Tom Brown


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