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1: 367. 10 The city could justifiably seem to be both a key element in the control of the island and particularly weakened at this precise point in the development of the balance of forces. 13 The surrender was negotiated by an individual whom Ibn al-Athīr identifies as the “lord” (ṣāḥib) of the city, rather than using the more usual “patrikios,” as this same author does to refer to the majority of Byzantine officers in his chronicle. The Gesta episcoporum Neapolitanorum gives us good grounds for identifying him with a certain Simeon, who bore the title of spatharios,14 a term which at this date no longer refers to any function but simply to an aulic honour.
Conversely, Bonacasa Carra, “Primo cristianesimo,” p. 323, argues for the dynamism of Palermo in the Late Empire, invoking the evidence of the necropolises, but the confinement of the town within the city walls would seem to have been a deciding factor. 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.
85 Unfortunately we lack precise details regarding the defensive worth of this wall. We know that the small boats 81 Nicolas Oikonomidès, Les listes de préséance byzantines des IXe et Xe siècles, Le monde Byzantin 4 (Paris, 1972), p. 341. , La fin de la cité antique et le début de la cité médiévale de la fin du IIIe siècle à l’avènement de Charlemagne (Actes du colloque tenu à l’Université de Paris X-Nanterre, 1–3 avril 1993) (Bari, 1996), pp. 273–86 and, more specifically in relation to Byzantine Italy, Jean Durliat, “L’évêque et sa cité en Italie byzantine d’après la correspondance de Grégoire le Grand,” in L’évêque dans l’histoire de l’Église (Actes de la 7ème rencontre d’histoire religieuse tenue à Fontevrault, les 14 et 15 octobre 1983) (Angers, 1984), pp.
A companion to medieval Palermo : the history of a Mediterranean city from 600 to 1500 by edited by Annliese Nef ; French and Italian texts translated by Martin Thom.