Professor Emerita Judith Herrin (King's College London), “Elements of Greek in Ravenna’s culture: sixth to eighth centuries”
The talk explores the influence of Greek and Greek culture in Ravenna, where Latin was the language of everyday life in the sixth-eighth centuries, while Gothic and Greek left deep marks. The reconquest of the city by imperial troops in 540 brought a major shift to direct rule from Constantinople, where Latin was still the dominant medium. But by the seventh century communication between the two cities was all in Greek with interesting influences on Ravenna’s culture.
This British School at Athens Friends' Virtual Lecture was recorded on 4 May 2021.