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16 Conversely, the southern and northern zones appear to have been under-urbanised. Under Roman domination, the western triangle was extremely dynamic,17 a fact borne out by, for example, the high concentration of mentions of senators within this zone,18 but it seems to have lost momentum from the end of Antiquity. 21 Palermo, however, played its cards relatively well. The most obvious signs of decline in fact were perceptible in the other urban components of the triangle, whose crisis might well have worked in its favour.

The necropolises indicate that the new religion was not in fact widely diffused prior to the 4th century. 96 From a total of six Sicilian foundations, on this point see Richards, Consul of God, p. 32. 97 Italia Pontificia X. Calabria-Insulae, ed. Paul Fridolin Kehr (Berlin, 1975), pp. 236–38. The pope describes this establishment as monasterii mei: Registrum, V, 4. There is no castiron evidence linking it to the present-day site of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Lynn T. White, Latin Monasticism in Norman Sicily (Cambridge, 1938), pp.

90 Wilson, “Towns of Sicily,” p. 143 n. 177. , Economic History of Byzantium from the Seventh through the Fifteenth Century, Dumbarton Oaks Studies 39 (Washington DC, 2002), 1, p. 180; for the surface area of the Sicilian cities see Wilson, “Towns of Sicily,” p. 143 n. 177. 92 Oscar Belvedere, “Organizzazione fondiaria e insediamenti nella Sicilia di età imperiale,” Corso di cultura sull’Arte Ravennate e Bizantina 43 (1997), pp. 33–60, pp. 44–45. 12 and 13. 94 Wilson, “Towns of Sicily,” p. 155; Belvedere, “Topografia antica,” p.

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