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From Aquileia to Ravenna to Venice

Professor Tony King talks about…

The sumptuous mosaics of Imperial Ravenna form the centrepiece of this talk about the Romans and Byzantines in northern Italy.

Ravenna was, however, a relatively small city compared with Aquileia, one of the keystones of Roman presence at the head of the Adriatic Sea, which saw military action on several occasions and ultimately was destroyed by Attila the Hun in the 5th century. Aquileia also has astonishing mosaics, and one of the very first large churches in the Roman world.

Ravenna’s heyday was in the 5th and 6th centuries, and the city that replaced it in importance and prestige was Venice, which from the 8th and 9th centuries grew into one of medieval Europe’s great powers. Venice owed a lot to Ravenna in its early days, and the talk concludes by looking at the cathedral and mosaics of Saint Marks in Venice and their Byzantine inspiration.

Friends Talks are held in the Lymington Baptist Church (opposite St Barbe) | Doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30pm | All welcome | Friends FREE | Guests £5

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