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Matthew’s virtual tour: Forum of Trajan

Now that you’ve looked at Rome’s forum spaces, and at monumental structures such as arches and obelisks, let’s look at a complex that combines elements of both – Trajan’s Forum. …

Monumental architecture

So far you’ve looked at Rome as a functioning city, exploring the way its buildings worked to deliver shelter, entertainment, food, water, and more to its inhabitants. But we also …

Part V –  ‘Stone memorialisations’

Not every building in ancient Rome had a practical function. Monuments such as obelisks and arches cemented their builder’s legacy into the landscape of the city forever. I visit the …

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 …

The digital model

A digital model is editable, flexible, navigable, transmissible and sharable. It can be a useful new way of presenting the past alongside more traditional methods. It’s an effective tool to …

Rome-Aqueducts and drainage

Let’s take a closer look at the significance of the aqueducts to the ancient city’s success. With such necessary structures carrying so many waters compare, if you will, the idle …

Part II – ‘All the colours of the empire’

Before you look at the political, religious and entertainment structures which filled the landscape of Rome, it’s important to understand a little more about the materials and techniques used to …

Walls

Walls are an impressive statement of a city’s power and wealth. Circling an entire urban area with a defensible wall circuit is always a major undertaking, requiring huge reserves of …

Roads in Ancient Rome

‘All roads lead to Rome’: The advantages of the site of Rome included its excellent transport links by river and by land. It stood at a fording point in the …

Ancient Rome: a historical overview

The passage by the Roman historian Livy praising the site of Rome is put into a speech by a general called Marcus Furius Camillus: Not without reason did gods and …

A potted history of ancient Rome

Watch our ‘potted history of Rome’ for a light-hearted approach to Rome’s fascinating but complex history from 753 BC to 337 AD. I hope you enjoy this animated introduction, and …