Rome in the Eighth Century

Rome in the Eighth Century

by John Osborne


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This book addresses a critical era in the history of the city of Rome, the eighth century CE. This was the moment when the bishops of Rome assumed political and administrative responsibility for the city's infrastructure and the physical welfare of its inhabitants, in the process creating the papal state that still survives today. John Osborne approaches this using the primary lens of 'material culture' (buildings and their decorations, both surviving and known from documents and/or archaeology), while at the same time incorporating extensive information drawn from written sources. Whereas written texts are comparatively few in number, recent decades have witnessed an explosion in new archaeological discoveries and excavations, and these provide a much fuller picture of cultural life in the city. This methodological approach of using buildings and objects as historical documents is embodied in the phrase 'history in art'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108834582
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/09/2020
Series: British School at Rome Studies
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,091,658
Product dimensions: 7.17(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

JOHN OSBORNE is a Distinguished Research Professor and Dean Emeritus in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University, Ottawa. He is a cultural historian of early medieval Italy with a focus on the material culture of Rome and Venice. His publications include studies of medieval use of the Roman catacombs, murals in churches such as San Clemente and Santa Maria Antiqua, cultural contacts between Rome and Constantinople, and the medieval understanding of Rome's heritage of ancient buildings and statuary.

Table of Contents

1. Rome in 700: 'Constantinople on the Tiber'; 2. John VII servus sanctae Mariae; 3. Clerics, monks, and saints; 4. 'The City of the Church'; 5. The Chapel of Theodotus in Santa Maria Antiqua; 6. Pope Zacharias and the Lateran Palace; 7. Rome and the Franks; 8. Paul I; 9. Hadrian I dux Dei; 10. Leo III and Charlemagne; Afterword

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