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Towns ruled by the Most Serene Republic of Venice were sent representatives of the Senate as temporary governors: Venetian patricians who, depending on places they were sent to, were given different names: counts, capitani, podestà. Such officials were usually called rettori. At the end of their commission (usually lasting one or two years), rettori wrote out a final report on the territory and their work, and read it in the Senate. Such reports (not all of them survived) are known as Relazioni dei rettori, and are very important documents for the study of the territories of the Venetian State.

The Relazioni dei Rettori dello Stato da terra, that is, the reports regarding the Venetian-Lombard inland under the Serenissima, were published in 14 volumes (1973-1979); on the contrary, the reports of the rettori of the Venetian territories in Istria, Dalmatia, and the Levant were never published in an organized corpus.

The project’s aim is to publish such reports.

Research by Società Dalmata di Storia Patria, financed by the Veneto Region.

The lion of St. Mark, the symbol of Venice, kept his fore paws on the land and his hind paws on the sea, as a symbol of the Republic’s dominion on both Land and Sea. The image-symbol chosen for this research is the hinder part of the lion, with his paws on the sea, as shown in the painting in Palazzo Ducale, painted by Vittore Carpaccio in 1516.

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