Partecipazio, Angelo o Agnello, tribuno di Rialto e ricco possidente di Eraclea, fu scelto come doge per essere stato il vero protagonista della difesa contro il tentativo di Pipino di invadere la Laguna.

Sembra che sia stato lui a suggerire lo spostamento del governo da Malamocco alla più interna e sicura zona di Rivoalto (poi Rialto), dove, accanto alla Chiesa di S. Teodoro, fece costruire il Castello Ducale (poi Palazzo Ducale).

A lui si deve anche l’idea di far arrivare il corpo di san Marco a Venezia.

Unita politicamente, sotto Angelo la città-stato comincia a strutturarsi territorialmente, attraverso bonifiche e precisi insediamenti strategici nella laguna che prevedevano diversi posti di guardia soprattutto sotto forma di monasteri, capaci di filtrare il movimento delle imbarcazioni, controllare chi entrava e chi usciva, e imporre per conto del governo il pagamento delle imposte.

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