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in the footsteps of paul
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 Introduction
 Tarsus (Birth - 30CE)
 Jerusalem (30-34)
 Antioch (34-43)
 Spreading the Word (43-48)
 The Wider World (49-50)
 Corinth (50-52)
 Ephesus (52-56)
 Into the Fire (56-70)
Rome Today
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The Roman Forum
The Roman Forum
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Ruins in the Circus Maximus
Ruins in the Circus Maximus
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t the heart of modern Rome, many of the monuments and structures of first century Rome have been preserved or excavated. In additon to the impressive Imperial palaces-including Nero's ignominious Domus Aurea -- and the city forums, the Senate house and the Circus Maximus, ruins of an apartment house on the Capitoline hill evoke life in the ancient capitol. Many later features, such as the Arch of Septimius Severus, also evoke the time of Paul's visit. The museums hold plenty of fine art from the period-statues, frescoes, jewelry -- as well as artifacts of daily life such as tools and housewares. The Trastevere neighborhood was home to artisans, dock-workers, and ancient Rome's Jewish community. The Mamertine Prison, where Peter and Paul are said to have been imprisoned, probably began as a cistern before being used as a prison. The Arch of Titus, which commemorates the destruction of Jerusalem, stands across the Forum from the prison. The tomb of St. Peter can be seen in the Vatican grottoes. The Pio Christiano Museum of the Vatican Museums had many sarcophagi and relief carvings of the fourth century and later that depict events in the lives of Peter and Paul. The Isola Tiberina is the island in the Tiber connected to the banks by Rome's oldest bridge, the Fabrician Bridge. In Paul's day, it held a Temple of Asklepius, a god of healing. Throughout the city, sections of walls and aqueducts remain. The Museum of Roman Civilization houses a scale model of the ancient city.