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Excavations unearth Rome’s oldest temple

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The remains of what may be Rome’s oldest known temple have been found at the site of San’Omobono, a Medieval church on the former banks of the Tiber River.

The temple – the foundations of which are below the water line — was probably dedicated to the goddess Fortuna. The archaeological team discovered large quantities of votive offerings such as miniature versions of drinking vessels, left not by locals but by foreign traders.

In antiquity, Terrenato says, temples built on harbors had the function of fostering mutual trust between locals and traders.

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Story: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR | Photo: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR

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