Map of the Roman Forum, from Samuel Ball Platner’s
The Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome (1904)
(altered for clarity)
“ even if the wounds of this shattered world enmesh you, and the sea in turmoil bears you along in but one surviving ship , it would still befit you to maintain your enthusiasm for studies unimpaired .why should lasting values tremble if transient things fall ”
–Prosper of Aquitaine
The Roman forum is located in between the Palatine hill and Capitoline hill in the center of Rome. It is one of the most popular and most visited sights of Rome and it is also sometimes known by its original name “Forum Romanum”. It is the main area where the ancient roman civilization was developed. The Roman forum was the political and economic centre of Rome during republic. Citizens of Rome sometimes refer the location as “Forum Magnum “or sometimes just “Forum”. The important and the oldest structures of the ancient Rome city are located inside the forum which also includes royal residence “The Regia” and a complex “Vestal Virgins”.
The Roman forum was covered with grass but the Romans drained the area to make it as the center of social and political activity. The forum was expanded to include temples, law courts and a senate house. After the end of roman period, the forum was destroyed and use as a cattle pasture during the Middle Ages.
The forum consists of a statue of Julius Caesar along with many temples, buildings and arches. The important places which are mostly visited by the tourists are:
• Temple of castor and Pollux
• Temple of Saturn
• Temple of Vesta
• Temple of Venus and Roma
• Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
• Temple of Caesar
• Temple of Vespasian and Titus
• Temple of concord
• Shrine of Venus Cloacina
• Basilica Aemilia
• Basilica Julia
• Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine
• Arch of Septimius Severus
• Arch of Titus
• Arch of Tiberius
• Arch of Augustus.
Traveling to Roman Forum
The best way to reach to The Roman forum is by traveling through bus lines from Colosseum metro stop. The admission fee to enter into the Forum is 11 euros and the forum is open from morning 9:00 am to evening 7:00 pm.