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Before the institution of the office of doge on the Venetian lagoons, civil and military power was exercised by the Byzantine magister militum to whom the tribunes, who administered the various islands, were accountable. At the end of the 7th century, however, the various communities, often at odds with each other but forced to live in the same place to escape the danger posed by the barbarians, felt the need to unite.

While remaining loyal to Byzantium, in 697, in order to put an end to rivalries but also to have a leader to refer to in common works (fortifications, planning of a

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