Destroyed when the Visigoths sacked Rome, clues for the Basilica's primary purpose were left behind. When the occupants fled, they dropped coins which remained on the tile floor as the building was set aflame. After the smoke cleared and the attack was over, the coins had been welded to the basilica floor from the extreme heat. So, It seems its main function was as offices for money lenders and tax collectors, or even, perhaps, pre-pubescent coin collectors.

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