Imperial Spheres and the Adriatic: Byzantium, the Carolingians and the Treaty of Aachen (812), 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Imperial Spheres and the Adriatic

Byzantium, the Carolingians and the Treaty of Aachen (812), 1st Edition

Edited by Mladen Ančić, Jonathan Shepard, Trpimir Vedriš

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332 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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Although often mentioned in textbooks about the Carolingian and Byzantine empires, the Treaty of Aachen has not received much close attention. This volume attempts not just to fill the gap, but to view the episode through both micro- and macro-lenses. Introductory chapters review the state of relations between Byzantium and the Frankish realm in the eighth and early ninth centuries, crises facing Byzantine emperors much closer to home, and the relevance of the Bulgarian problem to affairs on the Adriatic. Dalmatia’s coastal towns and the populations of the interior receive extensive attention, including the region’s ecclesiastical history and cultural affiliations. So do the local politics of Dalmatia, Venice and the Carolingian marches, and their interaction with the Byzantino-Frankish confrontation. The dynamics of the Franks’ relations with the Avars are analysed and, here too, the three-way play among the two empires and ‘in-between’ parties is a theme. Archaeological indications of the Franks’ presence are collated with what the literary sources reveal about local elites’ aspirations. The economic dimension to the Byzantino-Frankish competition for Venice is fully explored, a special feature of the volume being archaeological evidence for a resurgence of trade between the Upper Adriatic and the Eastern Mediterranean from the second half of the eighth century onwards.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Circles Overlapping in the Upper Adriatic
  2. Jonathan Shepard

    PART ONE: THE FRANKS MOVE EAST

  3. The Treaty of Aachen: How Many Empires?
  4. Mladen Ančić

  5. Aemulatio imperii and the South-Eastern Frontier of the Carolingian World
  6. Ivan Majnarić

  7. Imperial Politics and its Regional Consequences: Istria between Byzantium and the Franks 788–812
  8. Peter Štih

    PART TWO: BYZANTIUM IN TURMOIL

  9. A Resurgent Empire? Byzantium in the Early 800s
  10. Panos Sophoulis

  11. Franks and Bulgars in the First Half of the Ninth Century
  12. Angel Nikolov

  13. Dangerous Neighbours: the Treaty of Aachen and the Defeat of Nikephoros I by the Bulgars in 811
  14. Daniel Ziemann

    PART THREE: CIRCLES OVERLAPPING IN THE NORTHERN ADRIATIC

  15. Aachen, Venice and Archeology
  16. Sauro Gelichi

  17. Patriarchs as Patrons: the Attribution of the Ciboria in Santa Maria delle Grazie at Grado
  18. Magdalena Skoblar

  19. Holding the Aquileian Patriarchate’s Title: the Key Role of Local Early Ninth-Century Hagiography
  20. Marianna Cerno

     

    PART FOUR: DALMATIA: THE LAND IN BETWEEN

  21. Post-Roman Dalmatia: Collapse and Regeneration of a Complex Social System
  22. Danijel Dzino

  23. One More Renaissance? Dalmatia and the Revival of the European Economy
  24. Neven Budak

    PART FIVE: PANNONIA BENEATH THE SURFACE

  25. What did the Treaty of Aachen do for the Peoples of the Carpathian Basin?
  26. Béla Miklós Szőke

  27. Lower Pannonia before and after the Treaty of Aachen
  28. Hrvoje Gračanin

  29. Changing Political Landscapes in the Ninth-Century Central Carpathian Basin: Interpreting Recent Settlement Excavation Data
  30. Miklós Takács

    PART SIX: THE CHURCH BETWEEN ROME AND CONSTANTINOPLE

  31. Rome and the Heritage of Ancient Illyricum in the Ninth Century
  32. Maddalena Betti

  33. Dalmatian Bishops at the Council of Nicaea in 787 and the Status of the Dalmatian Church in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries
  34. Predrag Komatina

  35. New Evidence for the Re-establishment of the Adriatic Dioceses in the Late Eighth Century
  36. Ivan Basić

  37. Amalarius’ Stay in Zadar Reconsidered

Trpimir Vedriš

About the Editors

Mladen Ancic is Professor of History at the Universities of Zadar and Zagreb. He has published on the Hungarian-Croatian kingdom and Bosnia in the fourteenth century, the medieval city of Jajce, and on historiography and nationalism.

Jonathan Shepard was Lecturer in Russian History at the University of Cambridge. Co-author of The Emergence of Rus with Simon Franklin, his edited volumes include The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire.

Trpimir Vedriš is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the University of Zagreb. His co-edited volumes include Saintly Bishops and Bishops’ Saints (with John Ott) and Cuius Patrocinio Tota Gaudet Regio (with Stanislava Kuzmová and Ana Marinkovic).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS010010
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
HIS037010
HISTORY / Medieval