Roman Forum

The Roman forum was one of the most important sites in ancient Rome and was situated on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills.  It was the the beating heart of the city where the Senate meet, The Law courts heard their cases and Public meetings were held.  In Republican times gladiatorial games were held there before the rise of the Coliseum and it was lined with open air markets and shops.

During the Empire with the rise of other forums in the city such as Caesar and Trajan's it became the center of religious ceremonies and was the home to many of the city's most imposing monuments and temples including the Arch of Septimius and the Temple of Saturn.

 

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