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65 metres, Pryor, The Age of the dromon, p. 244. 87 Wilson, “Towns of Sicily,” p. 153; Oscar Belvedere, “Appunti sulla topografia antica di Panormo,” Kokalos 33 (1987), pp. 290–91. 88 The only exception might concern the remains of an establishment that has come to light in this zone, but Wilson, “Towns of Sicily,” p. 155, reckons that it could just as easily be a suburban villa. 89 One will recall that the handsome residences of the Villa Bonnano seem to collapse after the 4th century, even though they had been located in the heart of the town (Wilson, “Towns of Sicily,” p.

114 Registrum, III, 27. PCBE, II, Bonifatius 32, pp. 339–40. 115 Registrum, IX, 14. 116 PCBE, II, Venantius 7, pp. 2257–58. This figure should be distinguished from the patrician homonym from Syracuse. 117 PCBE, II, Venantius 7, p. 2257; PLRE, III, Venantius 3 and 4, pp. 1368–69. The affair is addressed in Registrum, II, 36. Venantius offers 30 pounds of gold to the treasury, when the asking price is 100 pounds. I therefore follow Laniado, Notables municipaux, p. 163 n. 312, who regards the 30 pounds of gold mentioned in the letter as an overbid.

74 We are certainly concerned here with an absentee landowner, and his official prerogatives were not exercised in Sicily. 75 The officer in question complained about the refusal of some religiosa loca from the region of Palermo to acquit themselves of certain obligations of a fiscal nature. Once again, the pontiff thought to settle the question apud electos iudices. This has been viewed as proof of the control exercised by the military authorities over the collection of taxes intended to maintain the garrisons on the island,76 but this interpretation seems untenable.

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