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There is high hope that some recent findings will help in drawing the close link between the Roman Empire and its later conversion to Christianity in the ancient world. The recent discovery of an ancient Roman Pagan temple is going to shed great light on the whole thing as we look forward to learning more. It was a discovery by a team of archaeologists in the northern section of Italy, specifically in the hilltop town called Spello. 

This discovery inspires great confidence, and that is considering that the unearthed structure is linked to the Roman Empire and it was also found near a religious sanctuary. They are three walls which the archaeologists say belong to a massive structure that existed back in history. They gave further details outlining that the original structure was made with four-foot wide foundations. 

Further analysis and findings show that the foundations point out to a Roman temple that existed in the 330s. It would thus be correct for the scientists to conclude that the sanctuary existed around the same time the first Roman emperor became a Christian. This conversion to Christianity happened between 306–337 CE, marking a significant shift from the earlier Pagan beliefs associated with the Roman temple. The excavations were conducted this summer but were presented later at the annual meeting of the Archeological Institute of America.The archaeologist that gave out the presentation was Douglas Boin who works with the Saint Louis University. 

Many questions have come to the limelight, with some concerned parties posing questions with the aim of learning how the archaeologists landed on that particular spot. The answers are now on the mainstream, with reports indicating how the scientists relied ona 4th century inscription. They said that the inscription belonged to the era of Constantine, which h was roughly in the early 1700s. Those people wishing to see it are asked to visit town hall where it has been put in display. 

The content of the discovered text leaves much to ponder over. One of the many points of interest about the text was that it was addressing a local community, which would later transition to become one of the many Roman colonies within the vast and influential Roman Empire. The inference is that the structure was part of a massive project meant to pave the way for townspeople to conduct religious festivals without necessarily having to travel long distances. Building the structure has a few conditions that needed to be fulfilled. The most important one was to honor the ancestors of the emperor, who were at the time regarded as divinities. One of the most important things that could be said was the uniformity between religion and the patriotism they showed when it came to the performance of all their public activities of the Roman people. The archaeologists said that Spello’s pagan inhabitants built the temple as a way to honor the Flavian family. It is said that the Flavian family is indeed the ancestral line of the emperor. Scholars have always known that the temple existed. The only challenge was to understand where it was built. The latest discovery has shed light and thus eliminating confusion.

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