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3.11 Cities of God: Ravenna, Capital on the Swamp

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Sep 27, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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From Rome to Milan to Ravenna, the Western capital moved—searching for the site least vulnerable to barbarian incursion. And wherever the capital moved, money followed. And where there’s money, there’s monumental art, science, and literary culture. In Ravenna there were great figures such as Galla Placidia and Peter Chrysologus. Today, the early Christian art and architecture of Ravenna are among the world’s great treasures. It’s one of the few places on earth where you can walk into a church and have almost the same experience one of the Fathers of the Church would have had.


Judith Herrin, Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe

Fr. Félix López, S.H.M., “Mary in the writings of St. Peter Chrysologus”

Peter Chrysologus, “Each One of Us Is Called To Be Both a Sacrifice To God and His Priest”

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Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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