The site of the main sewer, called the Cloaca Maxima located in the Forum Romanum. Believed to be drained around 600 BCE by Tarquinius Priscus, the draining of the area between the Palatine, Capitoline, Esquiline & the Viminal Hills led to the establishment of the Forum Romanum and helped to promote the growth of the city of Rome itself. One of the original... [continue reading]
Detail shot of the Arch of Titus in the Forum Romanum.
Ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, Rome. Completed 235 CE.
Ruins of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. Built around 215 CE.
The remains of the Theater of Marcellus & Temple of Apollo Sosianus. The theater, started by Julius Caesar and completed by Caesar Augustus it was the largest theater in Rome seating an estimated 14,000+ people
The remains of the Forum of Augustus. Built by Caesar Augustus after his victory at Actium (probably around 20 BCE after the negotiated return of the standards lost by Marcus Licinius Crassus to the Parthians) it was built along with a temple to the God Mars Ultor.
The remains of the Basilica Aemilia. Originally built in 179 BC by the consuls Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Marcus Fulvius Nobilor. The basilica was destroyed in AD 410 when the Visigoths sacked Rome.
The Curia. The meeting house of the Senate of Rome. The present building was begun by Julius Caesar in 44 BCE and later completed and dedicated by Augustus Caesar around 29 BCE. The building was rebuilt around 238 CE by Diocletian.
Detail of the mosaic floor of the Curia. Just inside the doors of the Curia in the Forum Romanum.
Rubble strewn Via Sacra near the Rostra. On right side can be seen the remains of the Basilica Julia & off in the distance the three famous columns of the remain's of the Temple of Castor & Pollux
Temple of Divus Romulus, built in the 4th century AD. The building is mostly intact due to it being converted into the present day church Santi Cosma e Damiano. The large well-preserved bronze door is original.
Located in the Forum Romanum, the picture illustrates a broken piece of marble and the wonderfully preserved condition of the stonemason's handiwork. Not sure where this piece came from originally but its remains were located in the vicinity between the Basilica Julia and the Rostra
Remains of Emperor Trajan's market in the ruins of the imperial forums.
Temple of Vesta. This was the location of the eternal flame which was kept burning at all times. Vestals would vow an oath of service & chastity for a period of 30 years to the Goddess Vesta. Vestals had rank and privilege in Roman Society even so far as allowing Vestals to commune a prisoner's sentence. This was one of the most sacred spots in Ancient... [continue reading]
The arch of Titus in the Forum Romanum