Excavations unearth Rome’s oldest temple
Published on February 6th, 2014 | by Admin2
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.
Story: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR | Photo: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR