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Raphael's Letter To Pope Leo X

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Like many popes before him, Pope Leo X aspired to renovate Rome to reflect the power of Christianity. In their quest to establish Rome as an important religious center, the popes' goal was to destroy most ancient ruins and erase the city's pagan history. In the efforts to prevent a complete destruction of Rome's past, Raphael expresses his concerns and beliefs in the Report to Pope Leo X. In his letter, Raphael tries to convince the Pope to put a stop to the destruction of the city by glorifying the work and architecture of the ancients. Raphael tries to reason with the Pope by reminding him about the glory of the town in the ancient times, which was due to the significant efforts and talents of its people. He also laments about the destruction
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