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Nero's Golden House (Domus Aurea)
Article by Mark Cartwright

Nero's Golden House (Domus Aurea)

Nero's Golden House (the Domus Aurea) in Rome was a sumptuous palace complex which played host to the wild parties of one of Rome's most notorious emperors. Besides using the finest marble and decoration such as fine wall-painting...
Basilicas of the Roman Forum
Article by writer873

Basilicas of the Roman Forum

The basilica was a fundamental element of a Roman forum. It was used as a public building, much like the Greek stoa. It also served as a meeting place for administration, as a law court, and as a marketplace. It provided cover and shade for...
Roman Wall Painting
Article by Mark Cartwright

Roman Wall Painting

The interiors of Roman buildings of all description were very frequently sumptuously decorated using bold colours and designs. Wall paintings, fresco and the use of stucco to create relief effects were all commonly used by the 1st century...
Julius Caesar: The Faults Behind the Myth
Article by Marc Hyden

Julius Caesar: The Faults Behind the Myth

Last March marked the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s assassination over 2,000 years ago, and after two millennia, his legendary achievements still linger in today’s consciousness just as they have for centuries. He was so revered...
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The Roman Forum

A Forum was the main center of a Roman city. Usually located near the physical center of a Roman town, it served as a public area in which commercial, religious, economic, political, legal, and social activities occurred. Fora were common...
The Column of Marcus Aurelius
Article by Mark Cartwright

The Column of Marcus Aurelius

The Column of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina which stands in Piazza Colonna in Rome is thought to have been erected by Commodus in memory of his father and mother sometime around 180 CE. The column was inspired by its more famous predecessor...
Trajan's Market
Article by Mark Cartwright

Trajan's Market

Trajan’s Market is the name given in the early 20th century CE to a complex of buildings in the imperial fora of Rome constructed in 107-110 CE during the reign of Trajan. The complex included a covered market, small shop fronts and...
Early Temples of the Forum Romanum: Temples of the Roman Republic
Article by writer873

Early Temples of the Forum Romanum: Temples of the Roman Republic

The temple was an important physical and ceremonial structure in any Roman city. Originally a gathering place (a templum), the temple evolved into a place for people to gather, to worship gods and deified emperors, and to perform ceremonial...
Temple of Castor & Pollux
Article by Mark Cartwright

Temple of Castor & Pollux

The Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum of Rome was erected in the final decade of the 1st century BCE, replacing the earlier temple to the twin sons of Jupiter which had stood on the site since 484 BCE. Today only the inner concrete...
Mausoleum of Augustus
Article by Mark Cartwright

Mausoleum of Augustus

The Mausoleum of Augustus was actually one of the first of many large building projects undertaken in the reign of Rome's first emperor. When the Mausoleum was completed in 28 BCE, it was easily the biggest tomb in the Roman world, a...