What does exarchate mean?

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  1. (historical) the province or area of an exarch
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At his succession in 772, Pope Adrian I demanded the return of certain cities in the former exarchate of Ravenna in accordance with a promise at the succession of Desiderius.
It appears first in a document of Aistulf of 753 or 754 as a city forming part of the exarchate of Ravenna.
Commentators frequently identify the seventh head with the exarchate of Ravenna.
When the exarchate was established, the town became part of it, and in 748 it was taken by Liutprand.
He then gifted the lands of the former exarchate to the pope, thus initiating the Papal States.
The term militia had social, military, and political significance and was linked to the organization of the different Byzantine duchies and the exarchate.

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