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Warning: answer contains a source in Italian only. Short answer: I never heard of such a thing like a "general policy" among Roman commanders concerning the usage of looted gold. There were some "moral guidelines", prohibiting for instance looting of temples and shrines, but (as the examples below demonstrate) these were often broken, and each commander ...


The 'treasury' inside St. Mark's basilica in Venice has a spectacular collection of byzantine artifacts.

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