The Christian Comunity of Tropea
The archeological excavations have shown traces of the existence of a Christian Comunity even before the coming of Giustiniano, but we have no records concerning its size and specific city structure. Nor have we any written records as to the times of the presence of a Bishop, a constituting element of a Christian autonomous Comunity. The paleochristian epigraphs which have come to light up to now, date back to the period preceding the century before Belisario, they therefore date back at least V and perhaps IV century. The certainty of the existence of a Christian Comunity, merged from the underground, furnishes an easy reference to its natural leader the Bishop. Moreover, as we can learn from a letter by Pope Gregorio Magno. The Roman Church had purchased, in the Tropea territory, many farm properties, the so called Massa Tropeana, evidence of the wide spreading of Christianity in this area.