Venice became a prominent city in the Middle Ages. Dr. John Osborne, Distinguished Research Professor and Retired Faculty Member, Carleton University, joins the show to discuss its evolution over the medieval period.
Some topics explored
- Where and when Venice was formed
- The Venetian Lagoon
- Its estimated population
- The historian Edward Gibsons
- Kingdom of the Lombards
- Frankish Empire
- The islands in the Venetian Lagoon and how they were built up over time (i.e., wooden pilings)
- The Roman Empire and their governance of Venice from Constantinople
- The Fourth Crusade including the Sack of Constantinople in 1204 and why it happened
- Different governments possessing the statue Four Horses (Horses of St. Marks) which today are in Venice
- Venice as a highly intellectual city
- St. Mark’s Basilica
- Trade including imports and exports
- Venice’s maritime activities including the volume of ships that were being built
- The Portuguese & Spanish explorations in the 15th century and how the explorations decreased Venice’s dominion and economy
- Attributes that made Venice a high-cultured destination
Listen to the episode
The episode can be streamed below and is also available on major podcast apps: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
- Dr Osborne is author of many publications including the book Rome in the Eighth Century: A History in Art (Cambridge University Press)
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