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Within the project 'Dalmatia-Croatia Pontificia' the relations of the papacy to the secular powers of the historical landscapes of Dalmatia and Croatia as well as to the archbishoprics, dioceses, monasteries and collegiate churches existing within their borders will be studied in the form of regests.

Christianity can be traced back to the earliest times in these landscapes, due to their long affiliation to the Roman Empire. Legend has it that Peter himself sent his pupil Domnius to Salona to missionize Dalmatia. At the beginning of the 4th century Emperor Diocletian chose Salona/Spalatum as his retirement residence, where he had a huge palace built. These facts as well as the geographical proximity to the Apennine peninsula probably also played an important role in the establishment of Diocletian's own Dalmatian patrimony. Likewise the dioceses already founded here in antiquity with the metropolitan seats Diadora (Zara/Zadar), Salona (Spalatum/Split) and Epidaurum (Ragusa/Dubrovnik) including their suffragan bishoprics look back on a long history. Together with the later ecclesiastical province of Antibari (Bar) and the diocese of Zagreb, which belonged to the Hungarian ecclesiastical province of Kalocsa, the volume will include the seventy dioceses which today are distributed among Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania. This will bring together one of the largest contiguous territories and the most regests within one volume.

As in every volume of the Regesta Pontificum Romanorum series, the aim of this project is to obtain a convenient overview of the mutual contacts, including as complete an archival and bibliographical basis as possible and the current state of research.

Published 2021 as Dalmatia-Croatia Pontificia.


Dr. Waldemar Könighaus
Akademie der Wissenschaften
Papsturkunden des frühen und hohen Mittelalters
Geiststr. 10
D - 37073 Göttingen
Tel: +49-551-3921591
mail: wkoenig[at]gwdg.de