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Matthew's virtual tour: The Forum


Join me on a tour around the grand political and religious structures of the Forum in the high imperial period. You should get the flavour of the dynastic space taking shape and see some of the structures which still stand today.

In this tour, you’ll see the Rostra within the Forum. How do you think speakers would have used this structure?

Look out for the Basilica Julia because in the next Step you’ll be able to explore it in closer detail.

An image of the Forum from the digital model

Figure 1: Digital reconstruction of the Forum. ©Dr Matthew Nicholls, University of Reading, 2017.

1. Forum space, 2. Basilica Iulia, 3. Temple of Castor and Pollux, 4. Arch of Augustus, 5. Temple and of Vesta and House of the Vestal Virgins, 6. Temple of the Deified Julius Caesar, 7. Temple of the Deified Antoninus Pius and Faustina, 8. Basilica Aemilia, 9. Senate House (Curia), 10. Arch of Septimius Severus, 11. Temple of Concord, 12. Temple of the Deified Vespasian, 13. Temple of Saturn, 14. Rostra, 15. Capitoline Hill, 16. Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine.

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