Starting with Saint Barbatianus, a fifth-century wonderworking monk and confessor to the Empress Galla Placidia, this booklet makes a speciality of the alterations within the spiritual panorama of Ravenna, a former capital of the overdue Roman Empire, throughout the heart a long time. in this interval, written tales approximately saints and their relics not just provided counsel and solace yet have been extensively utilized by way of these dwelling one of the ruins of a as soon as nice city―particularly its archbishops, clergymen, and the city aristocracy―to think of its earlier glory. this tradition remained very important to the electorate of Ravenna as they got here to phrases with the city’s revival and renewed relevance within the 10th century lower than Ottonian rule. In utilizing the vita of Barbatianus as a important textual content, Edward M. Schoolman explores how saints and sanctity have been created and eventually got here to persuade complicated political and social networks, from the overdue Roman Empire to the excessive heart Ages.
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