Content and Composition of the Vita Barbatiani

  • Edward M. Schoolman
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter explores the content and composition of the Vita Barbatiani, from the various earlier sources which were adapted into the text to various original material employed to highlight the sanctity of Barbatianus and his close connection to the city of Ravenna. Specific to its content, the chapter addresses the healing miracles attributed to Barbatianus taken from a seventh-century collection belonging to the Egyptian saints Cyrus and John and originally written in Greek. It further examines in detail Barbatianus’s best-known miracle, when he assisted Empress Galla Placidia in obtaining a relic of a sandal from John the Evangelist, and its possible origins.

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  • Edward M. Schoolman
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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