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Lauro Olmo

Venice: from the palafittes to the Most Serene Republic


Lauro Olmo, Tenured Lecturer in Archaeology at the Universidad de Alcalá, takes us on a journey through the ancient city of Venice. Beginning with the early fishermen settlements and the salt mines, this trip back in time points out the importance of the Roman period, under the protection of the Eastern Roman Empire, and its subsequent constitution as a Republic. Previously, the region was also famous for other historic and trade centres connected by river, such as Aquileia, Altinum, Torcello and Comacchio, which would nurture the city, both artistically and culturally, as well as in relation to construction, becoming the most commercially and politically dominant city in the region from the ninth century onwards.

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