April 27, 2013 by allsho
Ravenna is nowadays a small city not far from the sea.
Once upon a time, when the sea was nearer to the city, and the port of Classe one of the most important naval bases in the Mediterranean, Ravenna has been the capital of the western world. The last capital of the Western Roman Empire, and later the capital of the Roman residual presence protected by the Eastern Roman Empire against the barbarians who invaded Italy.
Ravenna kept the Roman culture alive in Italy, and brought in the culture from New Rome, that is Constantinople, Byzantium.
And shows that culture is never pure: it grows, changes, mutates through mixing or superposing different contributions.