Paolo Lucio AnafestoPaolo Lucio Anafesto
or Anafestus Paulucius
was the first doge
. A noble of Heraclea
, then the primary city of the region, he was elected in 697
as an official over the entire lagoon
that surrounded Venice, both to put an end to the conflicts between the various tribunes who until then had governed the various parts, and to coordinate the defence against the Lombards
and the Slavs
who were encroaching on the settlements.
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