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Domus In Qua Manebat Episcopus: Episcopal Residences In Northern Italy During Late Antiquity (4th To 6th C. A.D.)

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The study of bishops' residences should be undertaken alongside that of the churches and baptisteries with which they constituted episcopal complexes. The bishops' growing authority within northern Italian urban communities, in the civic as well as religious spheres, is clearly reflected in the homiletic and literary works of the time and in the evidence offered by a long tradition of Early Christian Archaeology in the region. The wealth of the former is unparalleled in comparison with other areas of the Mediterranean, while the latter has been recently boosted by an increasing interest in the topographical and material characteristics of late antique urban settlements. This chapter focuses on the specific cases of Milan, Aquileia, and Parenzo-Poreč (in the modern Republic of Croatia), three centres of differing political and religious importance, where, in spite of their differences, similar phenomena could be detected.

Keywords: Aquileia; Early Christian Archaeology; episcopal residences; Milan; northern Italian urban communities; Parenzo-Poreč



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