Previous: Early France Back to Main Index EARLY ITALY: 489 to 1380 Combined chronological listing covering this period Next: Rise of Islam and Persia

489 Ostrogoths, under Byzantine rule, govern Italy
529 Monte Cassino, main monastery of Benedictine order, established
586 German Lombards divide Italy with Byzantine and Papacy
840 Muslims occupy much of Southern Italy
1109 Death of St. Anselm (Italian theologian and philosopher)
1169 Eruption of Mount Etna, Sicily (15,000 killed)
1176 Barbarossa defeated by Lombards - state of Italy founded
1321 Death of Alighieri Dante (poet)
1337 Death of Giotto di Bondone (artist)
1378 Death of Francisco Petrarch (poet and scholar)
1380 Venice victorious over Genoa at Battle of Chioggia

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