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The island of Torcello was one of the first lands - together with Chioggia, Cavarzere, Malamocco, Rialto and Grado - to welcome the huge influx of Venetians from the mainland in 568 AD, when the Lombards invaded their territories. The violent conquest of the Germnic populations modified the social pyramid of the Venetians, who had to abandon all their assets on the mainland in order to maintain their freedom. In fact, the entire lagoon territory that extended from Cavarzere to Grado remained outside the control of the Lombard kingdom since it was still considered part of the Roman Empire. The highest Roman-Byzantine offices were located in the cities of Ravenna and Pula and Istria, whilethe military commanders, who represented them, were stationed in the Venetian lagoon cities, where they wereknown as tribuni.

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