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«DOMINICA MATTINA CHE SI FANNO GLI INCANTI...» ΑΦΕΤΗΡΙΑ ΓΙΑ MIA ΕΡΕΥΝΑ

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The public auctions (incanti) hald in Venetian Crete during the late 16thcentury have not up till now attracted the interest of researchers, although theyconstituted a widely accepted institution.The first attempt to reveal the context —function and application— of theincanti was designated by two basic deductions: a)not only public priperty wasout up for auction and b) it was not only real estate sold by it, but movableproperty as well, namely income from real estate.These deductions, supported by the evidence the documents of the incantiprovided, led to another one. This type of rublic auction was the main mechanismthrough which financial friction between individuals was resolved. The differencebetween a creditor and a debtor would be settled by the introduction of thelatter's assets —movable or not— to auction, as long as the procedural prerequisiteshad been fulfilled to the last.

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In this year… There also arrived the emissaries sent by Karoulos and Pope Leo to the most pious Irene asking her to marry Karoulos and so unite the eastern and western parts.

C. Mango – R. Scott, The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor, Oxford 1997, p. 654

 

This “Union” of Byzantine East and Latin West might possibly have been realized, if all had gone well with the betrothal of Empress Irene the Athenian to the Frankish king Charles the Great, which the royal and papal emissaries from the West seem to have attempted to conclude in 802. However, the discussions with these emissaries merely precipitated the overthrow of Irene…

Aik. Christofilopoulou, Byzantine History, v. II1 (610-847), Athens 1984, p. 150