Byzantium, Italy and the Western Mediterranean in the seventh century: social transformations and cultural identities
Salvatore Cosentino is Professor of Byzantine Civilization at the University of Bologna. He began his research activity in the field of the Venetokratia by studying the social and economic system of the feudum in Venetian Crete (Aspetti e problemi del feudo veneto-cretese, Bologna 1987). He has studied the social history of late antique and early Byzantine Italy on which he wrote extensively (Prosopografia dell'Italia bizantina, 3 vols. Bologna 1996-2010; Storia arte e archeologia della Sardegna bizantina, Cagliari 2002; Storia dell'Italia bizantina, Bologna 2008). He interested also in the history of Byzantine navy and Byzantine military literature. Presently, he is working on social and economic aspects of the seventh century.