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Agnellus' Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis (Book of Pontiffs of the Church of Ravenna), written within the 9th century, is a vital resource for the examine of Italian heritage from the fourth to the 9th centuries. Agnellus turns out to were a well-born priest within the church of Ravenna, and his paintings is strongly coloured by means of his own reviews. He wrote the ebook to illustrate strongly-held reviews. One was once the apostolicity and independence of the Ravennate archbishopric; the opposite used to be the ethical decline of contemporary bishops and their erosion of clerical rights. utilizing the framework of a sequence of biographies of the bishops of his see, Agnellus provides his hugely idiosyncratic view of historical past. The paintings is full of anecdotes, miracle tales, and mini-sermons, in addition to information regarding old occasions and inventive and architectural patronage, all of that have made it a useful resource for these drawn to early medieval Italy.

Ravenna's heyday used to be within the 5th via 8th centuries, while it used to be the capital first of the western Roman empire, then of the dominion of the Ostrogoths, and at last of the Byzantine exarchate of Italy. by the point Agnellus used to be writing, the town and its leaders have been suffering to keep up strength and status within the new Carolingian regime. Agnellus' paintings is generally used as a resource of data concerning the extra illustrious previous, and it's been in particular valuable to artwork historians who examine the impressive monuments that also live to tell the tale in Ravenna. even if, it additionally offers an important information regarding the Carolingian international during which Agnellus lived, a time whilst the marvels of Ravenna have been being copied or actually carried off via emperors who sought to recreate Ravenna's imperial splendor.

This translation makes this attention-grabbing textual content available for the 1st time to an English-speaking viewers. a considerable advent to Agnellus and his composition of the textual content is integrated in addition to an entire bibliography. The maps revealed within the ebook also are to be had on the internet .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis is a traveling Lecturer within the Departments of heritage and artwork heritage at Indiana college. She has ready the definitive Latin textual content of the paintings, in an effort to be released through Brepols. She can also be the editor of Historiography within the heart Ages.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:


"This quantity is far greater than a translation of Agnellus's Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis. It comprises what quantities to a massive brief monograph in this early medieval textual content, as well as vast and cautious annotation. As such, it really is a massive contribution to scholarship on early medieval Italian ecclesiastical background. . . . a really good performed quantity that makes a considerable contribution to scholarship in different components: the research of early medieval texts, the creative and architectural background of Ravenna, and the ecclesiastical style of gesta episcoporum. "―Maureen C. Miller, Catholic ancient Review

"Deliyannis is to be congratulated for generating the 1st complete English translation of the most resource for early medieval Ravenna. Her model of a regularly convoluted and imprecise Latin textual content is actual and lucid and is complemented by way of a wide-ranging introduction.Finally a particular, acerbic and sometimes fun paintings which vividly illuminates not just inventive and ecclesiastical advancements but in addition the mentalities of early medieval churchmen and their city congregations has been made available to a large viewers of students and students."―Thomas S. Brown, college of Edinburgh

"This is a vital and extremely necessary Latin textual content, and its translation is very major. . . . The scholarship is impressively sound. Deliyannis demonstrates an awesome mastery of a few

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56 This discrepancy can be explained if Agnellus sometimes copied sermons written before the sixth century, when the Vulgate replaced the Vetus Latina in common use. Content of the sermonettes in the LPR In content, too, the sermonettes by and large do not fit into easily definable categories; indeed, their brevity and their choppiness suggest rather that they are fragments of longer sermons or other exegetical or exhortatory works. Some of them seem to be made up of two different concepts, linked together by a specific biblical phrase.

Ecclesiastical careers resume only with Maurus in the midseventh century, and continue with Reparatus, Felix, Gratiosus, and Martin. Agnellus may have used the LP, especially after Pope Gregory II, as a model for categories of information relating to the bishops’ backgrounds, but the details and manner of presentation differ from the LP. Encomiastic phrases and passages appear in the LP after Severinus (d. 14 Agnellus . In fact, most other examples of gesta episcoporum do not include imperial information either; Picard, Souvenir, .

Physical descriptions are provided for twenty-two bishops. There are two bishops for whom pictures are mentioned but physical descriptions are absent (Peter II and Aurelian). A comparison between the phrases used in the descriptions and those of bishops with known pictures shows an identical use of terminology. For example, Agnellus describes Ecclesius, Peter III, Bonus, and John II as having grey hair (canities), yet only mentions pictures of Ecclesius and Peter III. Squatriti, “Personal Appearance and Physiognomies,” examined the influence of physiognomic theory on Italian episcopal biography, including the LPR; for more on such physical descriptions and their relation to icons in Byzantine hagiography, see Dagron, “Holy Images and Likeness,” –.

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