Italy -> Apulia
Outline History of
After the period of
Greek domination, which in the course of the
centuries became a cultural patrimony rather than a
simple historical factor, came the more lengthy
periods of Roman conquest and
Under the Republic
and the Empire, the people became mariners as
well as agriculturalists, and this characteristic has
remained in Apulia.
The passing of many
centuries saw the Longobards, the Byzantines
and the Normans.
The 12th century saw the great trading developments
with East and North Africa, and the building of
splendid Romanesque cathedrals.
Frederick II, who
merged Apulia with the Kingdom of Sicily,
gave such a stimulus to its economic and artistic life
that the Swabian period was one of the most
fruitful in Apulia's history. After his death in 1250,
Apulia went into a very long period of decline.