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The city of Ravenna, located on the Adriatic coast, served as the residence of successive rulers of Italy between 400 and 725 CE. Its bishops, later archbishops, were among the leading prelates in Italy throughout the Middle Ages, in large part because of the city's early political prominence, and they claimed an ancient Christian heritage, going back to the time of Peter. Even though its political centrality ended after the 8th…

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Mauskopf Deliyannis, Deborah, “Ravenna”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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