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The Horses of the Commune of Perugia
between sociology and ideology in the thirteenth century

This research intends to investigate - through the use of an interdisciplinary approach and from unpublished primary sources from the commune of Perugia - the assignatio equorum’s dynamics and thus the role that horses had in the society of Perugia during the second half of the thirteen-century. The idea would be to explore the socio-economic implications, ethos and ideology of an animal which, for a thirteen-century commune, was undoubtedly a multifaceted element. It was at one time: war mount, means of transportation and communication, work’s resource, valuable asset and above all a powerful symbol in the collective imagination as in the iconography.

The commune of Perugia in the second half of the thirteen-century seems to provide the ideal case study: it experienced a great phase of expansion and its prosperity had visible effects both on the flourishing of architectural and cultural production. In other words, the city’s età augusta, characterized by a season of socio-political maturity and self-awareness. 

My aim is to integrate manuscripts, material evidence, artistic production and iconography in an attempt to reconstruct the socio-cultural value of the horse within a thirteen-century Italian commune and, possibly, its relationship with men, through an innovative etho-ecological perspective. 

Research interests

Animal history; Horse history; Ethology; Cultural history; Italian Commune; Aimal archaeology; Horse burial

External positions

Dottorato in Studi Storici, Università degli Studi di Milano Statale


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