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04/16/2005 Paul L. Gleiser

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Rome, Italy

These columns of the Temple of Saturn are what remains of one of the oldest extant buildings in all of Italy. It was dedicated in 498 BC. It was rebuilt in 42 BC and again, in the fourth century AD. The surviving Ionic columns, with their scrolled volutes, date from this period. Because of Saturn's link with agriculture, the original source of Rome's wealth, the temple was the repository for the state treasury.


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