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Book 1, Montereau: Chapter II

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We continue our journey around the nexus of Montereau in which we encounter a few new landmarks as well as

revisit the Catedrala da Gronda Spada. We will only be focusing on one of those however, the Place du Dieu Mars, while the other two

will still remain shrouded in mystery. The large temple with the green copper roof is the Place du Dieu Mars, or Place of the God Mars,

but more commonly is referred to as the Temple of Mars. Constructed in antiquity (ca. 78 BC) by the Romans several decades after

their conquest of Gaul, the temple was meant to intimidate and subjugate the local Gaulish population to Roman rule. It stood without

incident up until the fall of the Roman Empire centuries later, when it was largely desecrated by the Pagan barbarian populations pushing

their way over the Roman borders. It would remain a relic of the past, butchered by salvaging and war. It would experience a rebirth, however,

when the ideals of the Italian Renaissance where transplanted into Genevra along with the founding of the Sainte Église. Under the Grand Duke

Lothair III's ambitious cultural agenda, the temple would be rebuilt in an attempt make a historical correlation between

the new Genevran state and the power of the ancient Romans.

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