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History of Lombardy

History of Lombardy. Articles about the history of the region. Connecting with its territory and history.

Ambrosian basilicas (386-401 d.C.)

The list of churches built in Milan and Lombardy after Constantine’s edict would be too long to describe. However we can not fail to mention the four basilicas, such Ambrosiane because scrolls and built by St. Ambrose at the four corners of the city, just outside the city walls, over cemeteries. 1) “Basilica Martirum”, commonly […]

Metal Age (2800 B.C- III sec. B.C)

Conventionally divided into Copper Age, Bronze Age and finally Iron Age, the period saw not only the introduction and improvement of metallurgy applied to different metals and alloys but also a succession and a diversification of cultures, made evident by the archaeological finds, in particular forms of the vases and funerary rites (burial, cremation) documenting intense cultural exchanges […]

the Neolithic (5000-2000 B.C.)

The Neolithic, so called because it spreads a new way of working the stone, by abrasion and polishing, is not only a change in the technique: it is a real cultural revolution, with the introduction of agriculture, ceramics, sedentary forms of life and the spread of trade even at long distances and by sea. For […]

Milan Capital of the Empire (286-402 B.C.)

The “Pax Romana” period was succeeded by heavy and frequent conflicts on the borders of the Empire, the invasions of the imperial territories and internal conflicts. Among others there were between 260 and 271 three successive invasions of Alemanni, which also affected the Lombardy. To contain these external pressures, after a first experiment of “diarchy” […]

The “Pax Romana” from Octavian Augustus to Marcus Aurelius

The I and II sec. A.D. They are characterized by a situation of stability and prosperity that affects all the provinces of the empire, including Lombardy, then called “Riviera” and “Transpadana” because the Lombards had not yet arrived. This prosperity, for subsequent demolition and reconstruction (or re-use of materials) few visible traces remained in Lombardy, […]

The origins of Milan

The scarce archaeological evidence trace the foundation of Milan, as a small village, in the sixth century B.C. According to a legendary tradition, reported by Tito Livio in 600 B.C.,  about Belloveso, a prince from Gaul, after defeating the Etruscans near the Ticino river, would set aside, with the consent of the Celts Insubri that […]

the Paleolithic

The orogeny of the tertiary age, which ended about 3 million years ago, has basically defined the structure of the Lombardy region (mountains and plains) but the many ice ages that occurred in the aftermath of (the Quaternary age) have further helped to shape the surface with the formation of wide valleys, lakes, rivers, wetlands […]