center of the City of Rome
Artist: began during alliance of Romulus and rival Titus
base of the Temple of Saturn on the right with the Column of Phocas in the distance
About this project:
For centuries the Roman Forum was the center of Roman public life where processions, elections, public speeches, criminal trials and gladiatorial matches were common. It is the most celebrated meeting place in the world. Today it is a sprawling ruin of fragments from the past with archeological excavations underway continuously to understand more about this site. The area was originally a low-lying grassy wetland drained in the 7th century BC by a covered sewer system that emptied in the Tiber River. It wasn't until the 5th century BC that the temples with known dates were constructed. However, the earliest shrines and temples date from the 8th century BC.
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