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Ravenna: from Roman powerhouse to artistic hub

Professor Judith Herrin discusses the storied history of Ravenna, once capital of the western Roman empire

Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Photo by Alamy)
Published: June 6, 2021 at 8:26 am
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Once the capital of the western Roman Empire, the Italian city of Ravenna was claimed in turn by Ostrogoths, Byzantines, Lombards and Franks, turning into both a hub of early Christian art and a prototypical European city. Professor Judith Herrin discusses its long and storied history.


Judith Herrin is the author of Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe (Allen Lane, 2021)


Kev LochunDigital Section Editor, HistoryExtra

Kev Lochun is Digital Section Editor of HistoryExtra.com and previously Deputy Editor of BBC History Revealed. As well as commissioning content from expert historians, he can also be found interviewing them on the award-winning HistoryExtra podcast.


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