Girolamo Arnaldi

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Girolamo Arnaldi (born January 31, 1929 in Pisa ; † January 30, 2016 in Rome ) was an Italian medieval historian who also made a name for himself as a science organizer.


After the laurea at the University of Naples in 1951 with Ernesto Pontieri , he attended the Istituto Italiano per gli studi storici under the direction of Federico Chabod , also in Naples. From 1953 to 1964 he was an archivist at the Rome State Archives. For six years he was seconded to the Scuola nazionale di studi medievali at Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo (Italian Historical Institute for the Middle Ages), which at that time was under the direction of Raffaello Morghen . In 1964 he was appointed to the University of Bologna , where he taught medieval history until 1970. From the beginning of the academic year 1970/71 until October 1999 he taught at the Sapienza in Rome.

At the invitation of Pierre Toubert , he taught for a year at the École pratique des hautes études in Paris and, at the invitation of Georges Duby, gave a series of lectures at the Collège de France .

His research focused on the history of Rome and the papacy from Gregory the Great up to the end of the 10th century, as well as the historiography of Italy in the age of the commune, the history of the Italian universities and the historical sections in Dante's Divina commedia . He also treated the medievalists of the 20th century.

He made significant contributions to the repertory fontium historiae medii aevi and was editor or co-editor of various compilations, including the Enciclopedia dei papi and the Enciclopedia fridericiana .


From 1982 to 2001 he was President of the Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo. Since 2000 he was an external member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres ; He was also a member of the Accademia dei Lincei , a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the Central Directorate of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica and the Polish Academy of Sciences . He was a Knight of the Legion of Honor , of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy (since 1993; in 1981 he had already become Grande Ufficiale). From 1970 to 1997 he was a member of the scientific advisory board of the Centro italiano di studi sull'alto medioevo (Italian Institute for [research into] the early Middle Ages). He was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (Consiglio scientifico) of the Istituto Treccani.

Fonts (selection)

  • Studi sui cronisti della Marca Trevignana nell'età di Ezzelino da Romano. Rome 1963 (reprint 1998)
  • Le origini dello Stato della Chiesa. Turin 1987
  • Natale 875. Politica, ecclesiologia. Cultura del papato altomedievale. Rome 1993
  • L'Italia ei suoi invasori. Rome-Bari 2004
    • German: Italy and its invaders. From the end of the Roman Empire until today. Wagenbach, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-8031-3617-2
  • Quelques nouveautés sur la papesse Jean in the version de Martin le Polonais. In: Comptes-rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres , année 2002, vol. 146, n ° 4, pp. 1351–1373 ( online at Persée )


Web links


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