Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum  is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum.

It was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history.

Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. The Roman kingdom's earliest shrines and temples were located on the southeastern edge. These included the ancient former royal residence, the Regia (8th century BC), and the Temple of Vesta (7th century BC), as well as the surrounding complex of the Vestal Virgins, all of which were rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome. A holiday of this name is still celebrated in the city of Groningen on 28 August to commemorate the breaking of the siege.
Souce: Wikipedia
The Roman Forum. You cannot imagine the joy I had of being in a place steep with 
ancient history and being in a place I had only ever read about in the encylopedia.
Thank you so much Elisabetta!
Sent: 8 July 2015   Received: 4 August 2015   Travelled: 27 days

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