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is an Umbrian city on the western foothills of Monte Subasio. It was a Roman municipium and the home of the poet Propertius. Since the early 4th century it has been the seat of a bishopric (city patron: the martyred bishop Rufinus). In the early Middle Ages it belonged to the Lombard Duchy of Spoleto, was under Hohenstaufen dominion from 1172/1173, and became a papal possession under Innocent III. It experienced tensions and struggles with nearby Perugia. Under Francis and Clara it became the birthplace of the Franciscans. On account of the burial churches of San Fr…

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Köpf, Ulrich, “Assisi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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