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Christianity and the Roman Empire

Prior to the fourth century, the Serapeum of Alexandria was one of the symbols of paganism in Ancient Egypt. Egypt was the site of the worst persecutions and tortures of Christians in the Roman Empire. However, once Christianity became the official religion of the Empire in the late fourth century, monks invaded Alexandria and destroyed the Serapeum, along with the famous Alexandrian library and the Caesareum. Churches were later built over these native buildings.

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