Liber Pontificalis,in vita Leonis III

Name of text: Liber Pontificalis,in vita Leonis III
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Date of person in text: Pope Leo III 795-816
Name of structure in text: S. Susanna
Type of structure in text: Church
Date of structure in text 4th, restored 795, remodelled in 15th and 16th C
Century of structure 1: 4 AD
Century of structure 2: 8 AD
Country in text: Italy
Region in text: Lazio
City in text: Rome
Specific place of mosaic in text: Apse
Description of mosaic in text: And providing an even surface he built on these foundations a wonderfully lofty church, with an apse filled with mosaic, wonderful galleries [for catechumens, new converts under instruction before baptism], and a decorated apse-vault
Mosaic date in text: 8 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? No
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Liber Pontificalis,in vita Leonis III, , 9, ed. Duchesne, vol 2, p. 3, 139, ed. Vignoli vol 2, p. 242, quoted in Eugene Muntz, ‘The Lost Mosaics of Rome IV to IX Century’, The American Journal of Archaeology and of the History of the Fine Arts, 6.1/2 (1890), 1-9, see p. 3, trans. by Raymond Davis, The Lives of the Eighth-Century Popes (Liverpool: LiverpoolUniversity Press, 1992), p. 182


A vast mosaic of Christ flanked by Leo III [795-816], Charlemagne and Saints including Susanna (martyred 293) was so badly damaged in the 12th century by an earthquake, that the interior was plastered over in the complete renovation that spanned the years 1585–1602 and frescoed by Cesare Nebbia.

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