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Fictional depiction of Paolo Lucio Anafesto

Paoluccio or Paolo Lucio Anafesto (Latin Anafestus Paulucius or Paulicius) was the reputed first doge of Venice. A noble of Eraclea, 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. His existence, however, is uncorroborated by any source before the 11th century but probably not entirely legendary.

According to John Julius Norwich, he is probably a mistake for the exarch of Ravenna Paul, whose magister militum was named Marcellus, the same name as Paoluccio's reputed successor as doge, Marcello Tegalliano.


  • Anonymous, Archivo Storico Italiano, Tomo VIII: Cronaca Altinate. Florence, Italy, 1845.

See also

Political offices
New title Doge of Venice
697 - 717
Succeeded by
Marcello Tegalliano


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