A Lombard epigram in Greek
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The Carolingian scholar who copied the verse inscription in Pavia is destined to remain as anonymous as its poet. When the Carolingian scholar visited Pavia, it had ceased to be the capital of the Lombard kingdom and the dream of King Liutprand to create a new catholicus ordo under Lombard rule lay in ruins. His legacy was the grandiose monuments he had left behind in Pavia and Corteolona; but these too would vanish. Although knowledge of Greek was not widespread in the West, Rome was an exception: it had a series of Greek popes and a small but influential community of refugees from both the Levant and Southern Italy. Originally a church situated just outside the city walls, St Peter’s was rebuilt and enlarged on a massive scale, with the addition of a male monastery, by the greatest and most illustrious of the Lombard kings, Liutprand, and renamed St Peter’s in Caelo Aureo.