Agnellus of Ravenna

Agnellus of Ravenna wrote his Liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis between 830 and 846, telling the story of the church, and the churches, of his city. The work is of considerable historical and art-historical interest. The best recent study is that of J.-M. Pizarro, Writing Ravenna: A Narrative Performance in the Ninth Century (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995, in the series, "Recentiores: Later Latin Texts and Contexts"). A new edition of the text of the Liber Pontificalis Ecclesiae Ravennatis, with an English translation and commentary, is in preparation by Profsesor Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis of Indiana University. For a complete bibliography of Agnellus-related material, please contact her at

The text presented in this WWW site is that of O. Holder-Egger, ed. Agnelli qui et Andreas liber pontificalis ecclesiae Ravennatis. MGH Scriptores rerum Langobardicarum et Italicarum saec. VI-IX, pp. 265-391. Hannover: 1878. Text scanned from print by Robert Kraft (University of Pennsylvania) and formatted by Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis (Indiana University).

Other editions of the text include:

Bacchinus, B. ed. Agnelli, qui et Andreae Abbatis S. Mariae ad Blachernas et S. Bartholomei Ravennae Liber Pontificalis sive vitae Pontificum Ravennatum. Introduction by L. A. Muratori. Migne PL 106, pp. 477-750. Paris: 1864, reprint of Milan: 1723.

Testi-Rasponi, A., ed. Codex Pontificalis Ecclesiae Ravennatis [contains only part of the text, through ch. 103]. Rerum Italicarum Scriptores vol. 2 part 3, new series, edited by G. Carducci and V. Fiorini. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1924.

Deliyannis, D. M. "The Liber Pontificalis Ecclesiae Ravennatis: Critical Edition and Commentary." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1994.