By Agnellus, Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis
Agnellus' Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis (Book of Pontiffs of the Church of Ravenna), written within the 9th century, is a vital resource for the learn of Italian historical past 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 through his own studies. He wrote the publication to illustrate strongly-held evaluations. One was once the apostolicity and independence of the Ravennate archbishopric; the opposite was once 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 offers his hugely idiosyncratic view of background. The paintings is full of anecdotes, miracle tales, and mini-sermons, in addition to information regarding old occasions and creative and architectural patronage, all of that have made it a useful resource for these drawn to early medieval Italy.
Ravenna's heyday was once 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 take care of strength and status within the new Carolingian regime. Agnellus' paintings is mostly used as a resource of data concerning the extra illustrious earlier, and it's been particularly worthwhile to paintings historians who examine the outstanding monuments that also continue to exist in Ravenna. although, it additionally presents an important information regarding the Carolingian international within which Agnellus lived, a time while the marvels of Ravenna have been being copied or actually carried off through 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 creation to Agnellus and his composition of the textual content is integrated in addition to a whole bibliography. The maps revealed within the publication also are to be had on the net .
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis is a vacationing Lecturer within the Departments of heritage and artwork heritage at Indiana college. She has ready the definitive Latin textual content of the paintings, with a purpose to be released by way of Brepols. She is usually the editor of Historiography within the heart Ages.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
"This quantity is way greater than a translation of Agnellus's Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis. It comprises what quantities to an enormous brief monograph in this early medieval textual content, as well as wide and cautious annotation. As such, it really is a tremendous contribution to scholarship on early medieval Italian ecclesiastical background. . . . an incredibly good performed quantity that makes a considerable contribution to scholarship in different components: the research of early medieval texts, the creative and architectural heritage of Ravenna, and the ecclesiastical style of gesta episcoporum. "―Maureen C. Miller, Catholic historic 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 exact and lucid and is complemented via a wide-ranging introduction.Finally a particular, acerbic and sometimes fun paintings which vividly illuminates not just creative and ecclesiastical advancements but additionally the mentalities of early medieval churchmen and their city congregations has been made obtainable to a large viewers of students and students."―Thomas S. Brown, collage of Edinburgh
"This is a vital and extremely helpful Latin textual content, and its translation is very major. . . . The scholarship is impressively sound. Deliyannis demonstrates an awesome mastery of a couple of