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I. City and See – II. University

I. City and See

Bologna was founded as the Roman colony Bononia and made a municipium in 89 bce; it was surrounded by walls at the beginning of the Middle Ages. The first bishop appears in the time of Constantine, but it is not known when Christianity first established a foothold or the date of the martyrdom of the Bolognese saints Vitalis and Agricola, whose bones were exhumed in the presence of St. Ambrose between 392 and 394.…

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Lorenz, Sönke, “Bologna”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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