A companion to medieval Palermo : the history of a by edited by Annliese Nef ; French and Italian texts translated

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53 It is nevertheless impossible to reconstruct the process in any detail. Study of the imperial administration relies very heavily, perhaps too heavily, on the lead bullae left by Byzantine functionaries. Unfortunately, the history of the Sicilian museums’ collections of such objects explains the concentration of such objects in Palermo, without it always 49 Registrum, XIII, 12, November 602. 50 In a general fashion, Daniele Motta, Percorsi dell’agiografia. Società e cultura nella Sicilia tardoantica e bizantina (Catania, 2003).

The latter presented two strongly marked characteristics, namely, the extreme concentration 10 The forces that had come from Africa laid siege to the city but to no avail. The epidemic which cost their leader his life forced them to retreat in the face of an imperial army sent to relieve Palermo, ibid. p. 367. , 2: 119. This author mistakenly dates the end of the siege to 835. 12 Even if the figure proposed by Ibn al-Athīr of three thousand survivors out of the seventy thousand persons alleged to be living in the city at the outbreak of hostilities may seem excessive, it does give us some idea of the sheer ferocity of the combat.

58 On the survival of the curia at Ravenna, Frank M. Ausbüttel, “Die Curialen und Stadtmagistrat Ravennas im späten 5. und 6. Jh,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 67 (1987), 207–214. 59 The seal is in a very poor state of repair. Johann Peter Kirch, “Altchristliche Bleisiegel des Museo Nazionale zu Neapel,” Römische Quartalschrift für christliche Alterthumskunde und für Kirchengeschichte 6 (1892), p. 326. , “Bulles,” in Dictionnaire d’antiquités chrétiennes et de liturgie, II, p. 1342, fig.

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