Incisione raffigurante il doge Sebastiano Ziani.

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He was 60 years old (he was born in 1102) and his wife Troila had bore him four children.

He was the richest man in the city and before his election it was decided to hold an indirect election in an attempt to put a stop to the disorder caused by the assassination of Doge Vitale Michiel (1156-1172): the reform law, which had just been passed, definitively exonerated the Arengo and established that the M. C. appointed 11 great electors, who, once they had reached a majority on the name of the new doge, submitted their choice to the approval of the people gathered in St. Mark's Chur

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