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In the footsteps of the Lombards between Marche and Umbria

In the footsteps of the Lombards, poster.

Saturday 20 April 2024 at 10.00 pm
Palazzo dei Capitani – Hall of Reason
Piazza del Popolo – Ascoli Piceno

Presentation of the volume: The Lombards between Marche and Umbria. Proceedings of the study conference «In the footsteps of the Lombards between Marche and Umbria. Ascoli, Castel Trosino, Spoleto" in memory of Lidia Paroli – May 2023

The presentation event of the particularly awaited volume of the proceedings of the study conference «In the footsteps of the Lombards between Marche and Umbria. Ascoli, Castel Trosino, Spoleto" – in memory of Lidi Paroli.
These Congress Proceedings, starting from the study of the large necropolis of Castel Trosino and the testimonies relating to the presence of Byzantines and Lombards in the area, offer an innovative re-examination of the role of the Lombards in central Italy, not only in Ascoli and the Piceno area, but throughout the entire Adriatic Italy. Contrary to the common opinion that had hitherto seen them as subversives of the Roman order, the most recent studies demonstrate that they settled in the territory then included in the historic early medieval duchy of Spoleto in close relationship with the authorities of the Roman-Byzantine Empire, as in exemplary case of Castel Trosino, a Lombard garrison placed by the Empire to defend the city of Ascoli, which ensured its survival precisely in these difficult phases of transformation of the area.
Even though there were episodes of conflict, even harsh ones, the new arrivals soon established constructive forms of collaboration not only with the Eastern Roman imperial forces, but also with the local ruling classes of Piceno-Roman descent, thus starting the fusion of their culture ethnic with that of the country in which they had settled and the people who lived there.
Through events that are partly still to be clarified, but which this volume finally begins to illuminate in a significant way, especially for the Marche, that Lombard Duchy of Spoleto took shape, which achieved the institutional unification of a very complex territory in central Italy, and it had very original cultural characteristics, which also significantly distinguish it from the Lombard Kingdom of northern Italy, characteristics which are amply illustrated in the essays in this volume.
Also editing this volume are two now well-known figures from the Italian world of studies, already organizers in 2023 of the conference on behalf of the “Cecco d'Ascoli” Higher Institute of Medieval Studies, in close collaboration with the Municipality of Ascoli, i.e. the historic Paolo Delogu, emeritus at the University of Rome La Sapienza, author of fundamental studies on the Lombards, on medieval southern Italy, on Rome in the transition from antiquity to the Middle Ages, among the forerunners of the practice of medieval archeology in Italy, and the archaeologist Andrea R. Staffa, well known in the city also for his personal and family ties, former Director for the Provinces of Pescara and Chieti of the Archaeological Superintendence of Abruzzo and then the Single Superintendence of Chieti-Pescara, scientific co-director of the creation of the Archaeological Park of Castel Trosino (opening 2003) and the Museum of the Early Middle Ages of Ascoli in Forte Malatesta (opening 2014), twice winner of the Riccardo Francovich National Museum Award (2019-2020), in 2020 with the project of the Museum of Ascoli, as well as author of around 250 monographs and articles on the transformations of Adriatic Italy between antiquity and the Middle Ages.
After the introductory greeting from the mayor Marco Fioravanti and other authorities, Prof. Stefano Papetti, scientific director of the Civic Museums of Ascoli Piceno and the two curators of the volume will present the volume.
The important volume now becomes the indispensable and precious knowledge base for the recovery and redevelopment of the Archaeological Park of Castel Trosino, whose works are currently being tendered, and for the expansion and strengthening of the Museum of the Early Middle Ages in Forte Malatesta, a joint commitment between the Municipality and the Ministry of Culture for the pursuit of which a specific technical table is being activated, formally agreed between May and June last year between the Municipality and the ABAP Superintendence of Ascoli Piceno – Fermo – Macerata.
A strong commitment brought to the attention of the Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano and the Director General for Museums Prof. Massimo Osanna in November 2023 in order to obtain an important and significant enhancement of the exhibition of finds from Castel Trosino at the Museum in Forte Malatesta .