Journal Miscellanea Hadriatica et Mediterranea published by Department of History, University of Zadar, publishes papers in history and similar scholarly disciplines dealing with the Adriatic and Mediterranean topics, as well as reviews of works dealing with these topics. All articles go through a quality control system (double-blind peer review) before publication.

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The journal is published once a year.

Vol. 8 (2021)

Roman Control of Foreign Ritual Texts during the War with Hannibal

Dijana Beljan

One of the most turbulent periods in Roman history is certainly the period of the Second Punic War. The years 218 – 215 BC were especially turbulent for the Roman religion. Two traditions stand out among the information offered by ancient authors. The first, from the time of the war with Hannibal, explains the foundation of the celebration of ludi Apollinares in Rome according to the prophecies of the prophet Marcius, and the second, from the period after the war, speaks of the discovery of the books attributed to Numa Pompilius that were found in two stone chests. Both involve the discovery of foreign texts, put under the control of the Roman state which entrusted the decemvirs with the task of examining and making decisions on them. Although they are not the only example of Roman intervention in the unofficial cult, these two traditions are a good example of how ritual texts were treated differently in Rome. The Roman state, hesitating between tradition and innovation, accepted them in one case (carmina Marciana) and destroyed them in the other (Numa’s books). Based on existing sources, the paper will analyse and interpret both traditions noted by Livy. In addition, other antique and late antique historians and lexicographers will be mentioned.


Editor’s note

Anamarija Kurilić


Water Management in the Middle Ages: The Example of the Zagreb Chapter and its Estates in the 14th and 15th Centuries

Petra Vručina

Based on the statutory, diplomatic and protostatistical sources (tithe census records), this paper analyzes the efficiency with which the Zagreb Chapter exploited the water resources on its estates in the 14th and 15th centuries. These resources include the traffic potential of the rivers on the estates, ferries, watermills, dams, ponds and bathing-places. The paper is also trying to establish the extent to which the Chapter managed the estates that were flooded either by human or by natural agency. The paper endeavors to prove that the Chapter was in constant interaction with its environment. This indicates that, even when the Chapter exploited its water resources to the maximum, it caused readjustment and changes in the environment.


„Iustos ab iniustis fidelesque ab infidelibus sequestrare et manifeste propallare“

The Register of Rebels and Political Crisis in Medieval Slavonia in the Early 15th century

Antun Nekić

It is practically impossible to understand the local state of affairs in the medieval Slavonia in the first decade of the 15th century without examining the repercussions of the crisis that began in 1402 and culminated the following year and the actions that the winning side took to restore its damaged authority. This is why the mechanisms used for resolving the political crisis are observed in this paper through the prism of the administrative practices reliant on the written word, specifically, through the prism of the “Register of Rebels” made at the General Assembly that took place in Križevci in the late 1403 and the early 1404. Indeed, the quest for the Slavonian register of rebels also yielded clues about the very similar crisis-resolving mechanism used in the Kingdom of Hungary, where a register of rebels was also made in the early second decade of the 15th century. Although not preserved, both documents are valuable for understanding the functioning of the royal apparatus in the early 15th century and for analyzing the modalities of interactions between local societies and the political center.


Fanti oltramarini da Cattaro – The Soldiers from Kotor in Venetian Overseas Infantry Units (in the 18th Century)

Lovorka Čoralić

This paper is primarily focused on analyzing the share of the soldiers from Kotor in Venetian infantry units in Eastern Adriatic (Fanti oltramarini) in the 18th century. It is a result of years of research of the unpublished documents from the Archivio di Stato di Venezia (the lists made by the recruitment magistracy – Inquisitori sopra l’amministrazione dei pubblici ruoli). Based on these documents – the lists of infantry troops belonging to individual companies and regiments – the following fundamental aspects are analyzed: the method of entering particulars of the Kotor soldiers; their share in infantry and cavalry units; the timeframe of their military service (their mention in the documents); the share of the members of prominent noble families of Kotor among high-ranking officers (the Bolica, Buća, Paskvali and Vraćen families); the duration of their military service; and the dynamics of promotions in their careers. As the documents are very well preserved, the age structure of the Kotor infantrymen and their physical characteristics can also be analyzed. The final section of the paper analyzes the places where the lists of these infantrymen were made (Venice, Veneto, Dalmatia, Bay of Kotor and Greece) and the commanders of their regiments. And finally, the paper concludes that the Kotor soldiers constituted important part of the regional Eastern Adriatic regiments in the final century of the Serenissima. At the very end of the paper, a table including the names of all the hitherto known overseas infantrymen from that period can be found.


Romanian-Yugoslav Relations: From Confrontation to Cooperation (1948 – 1964)

Anatolie Bajora, Bogdan-Tudor Constantinov

This article examines the evolution of the Romanian-Yugoslav relations from 1948 to1964. The study explores two different periods in the relations of these two countries. The first period was from 1948 to 1953, when the Soviet-Yugoslav and Roman-Yugoslav conflicts occurred, practically constituting a precedent that would gradually ruin the unity of the socialist camp. The second period (1954 – 1964) corresponds with the beginning of the normalization, bringing Bucharest and Belgrade even closer and aiming to satisfy their national interests and counterbalance the policy of the superpowers. Ideological divergences and the need for socio-economic development were reflected in the character of the foreign policies of the two countries, which were under a strong influence of interventions from inside and outside the communist bloc.


Several Kotor Documents from the Second Half of the 14th Century

Miljan Gogić

The manuscript collection known as the “Collection of the Bisantis Family” kept in the Archives of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb contains partially damaged transcripts of several documents from the second half of the 14th century, originating from the Kotor office. The document from July 1356 refers to the division of money between the sons of Tryphon Bucchia and regulating his debts. Documents from April 14th and July 27th, 1359 speak of property disputes between Doma Berislavi and Drago Basilius, son of Mathaeus. The document of March 20th, 1362 deals with the issue of marriage and marital property. The document from January 6th, 1371, concerns the assignment of the right to the property that the Venetian Philippo Barelli acquired in Kotor.


Ravenna. Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe. By Judith Herrin

Princeton – Oxford: Princeton University Press. 2020. xxxvii + 537 pp. 62 plates. 4 maps. U.S. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-691-15343-8

Ivan Basić

Herrin has divided the book into nine major sections, each covering approximately half a century and ranging chronologically from early 5th to early 9th century. These sections are further divided into chapters (three to five in number) which deal with certain issues, monuments or persons.


Mateo Bratanić, Pomorstvo Dalmacije u 19. stoljeću: otok Hvar u tranziciji, Zadar – Stari Grad: Sveučilište u Zadru – Muzej Staroga Grada, 2020. / Milorad Pavić, Vještina plovidbe: navigacija svjetskim morima u doba velikih geografskih otkrića, Zadar: Sveučilište u Zadru, 2021.

Recent university publications in national and world maritime history

Marin Banović

Among the recent publications of the University of Zadar are two monographs on the scientific branch of maritime history written by the faculty of the Department of History. The book by the Associate Professor Mateo Bratanić Dalmatian Seafaring in the 19th century: The Island of Hvar in Transition (original title: Pomorstvo Dalmacije u 19. stoljeću: otok Hvar u tranziciji) and the book by Professor Milorad Pavić Art of navigation: navigating the world’s oceans during the Age of Discovery (original title: Vještina plovidbe: navigacija svjetskim morima u doba velikih geografskih otkrića) are another product of the long-term continuity of the scientific research of maritime history at the Department of History in Zadar.


In memoriam Ivo Rendić-Miočević

Sandra Uglešić

(Korčula, May 13, 1935 – Rijeka, December 13, 2020)


In memoriam Mithad Kozličić

Milorad Pavić

(Zenica, April 14, 1954 – Bihać, August 15, 2021)


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