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From Rome To Spain

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The first millennium or so of Jewish life in Sicily stretches over diverse regimes and different political and social systems. It is said to have started during the rule of pagan Rome, continued under the domination of Christian Rome and the Byzantine Empire, went on from there to a long interval of Arab-Moslem dominion, only to return to Christian power under the Normans, succeeded by the Hohenstaufen and the Angevin. It had been preceded by many lands in the Orient and along the African littoral across to Spain right into the heart of Europe. The Mediterranean had largely become an Islamic mare nostrum. King Peter III of Aragon landed at Trapani at the end of August 1282. That turned out to be only the beginning of the conquest of Sicily by the Aragonese, which dragged on in one form or another for a century.

Keywords: Angevin; Aragon; Byzantine Empire; Christian; Hohenstaufen; Rome; Spain



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