By edited by Annliese Nef ; French and Italian texts translated by Martin Thom.
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Gregory the Great’s foundations do moreover fit neatly within this same framework, and mention might also be made of the two great Roman hospitals of the Valerii and of the Anicii which were endowed on the territory of Palermo. Finally, the growth of Roman properties in the region of Palermo seems to have been particularly rapid since the Palermitan patrimony became autonomous at the end of the 6th century, a development which would best be accounted for in terms of a proliferation of donations linked to the decline of the aristocracy residing in the city.
If there existed reasonable grounds for him to persist, the two parties should elect judges. In case of deadlock, the case would be transferred to Rome. These instructions went unheeded, for four months later another letter informs us that Victor of Palermo had blocked all possibility of restitution by consecrating the properties taken from his city’s Jewish community. 68 Finally, it is worth citing a third case, which brought on to the stage a very eminent personage, the gloriosus magister militum Maurentius.
It was indeed the walls which dictated the choice of the Kings of Ravenna to place at Palermo one of only two Germanic garrisons on the island, the other being at Syracuse. 85 Unfortunately we lack precise details regarding the defensive worth of this wall. We know that the small boats 81 Nicolas Oikonomidès, Les listes de préséance byzantines des IXe et Xe siècles, Le monde Byzantin 4 (Paris, 1972), p. 341. , La fin de la cité antique et le début de la cité médiévale de la fin du IIIe siècle à l’avènement de Charlemagne (Actes du colloque tenu à l’Université de Paris X-Nanterre, 1–3 avril 1993) (Bari, 1996), pp.