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Class P-4: Relationship And Historical Context

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Paul the Deacon's Historia Romana (HR) is an outline of Roman history beginning with the mythical period of Janus and Saturn and ending with the Emperor Justinian's reconquest of Italy by his general Narses, who kills Totila, king of the Ostrogoths. This chapter discusses the relationship of the extant manuscripts. During the autumn of 961, Pope John XII called on Otto I to check the offensives of Berengar II, ruler of the Regnum Italicum. Like his father and grand-father before him Otto III became involved in Italian politics by interfering in the papal elections, but for him it was not just a matter of defining imperial and papal power: a new intimate relationship with popes and clericals determined his own policy, which merged the idea of Renovatio with Christian ideology.

Keywords: Class P-4; Historia Romana (HR); manuscripts; Pope John XII



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