The Roman Forum – Part 2

The Curia Julia was one of the buildings where the Roman Senate gathered.  The reason why the Curia Julia has survived while most others have not is that the building was converted into the Basilica of Sant’Adriano al Foro in the seventh century.  Construction of the Curia Julia was begun during the reign of Julius Caesar but it was not completed until after his assassination.

Several sculptures are also displayed in the Curia Julia.  The first, the torso of Nero, is probably here temporarily during the Nero Exhibition in the Forum.  It is described as a Cuirassed Statue of Nero and is from the Piazza dei Celestini in Bologna.  The second is a Statue of Agrippa Minor perhaps recut from a statue of Messalina.  This statue is originally from Herculaneum.  The third is described as Togate Statue with Portrait of a Princess (Claudia Octavia?).  It is from the Forum at Rosele.

The Curia Julia

The Curia Julia

SOURCE:  The Curia Julia (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 13 August 2011.

Torso of Nero

Torso of Nero

SOURCE:  Torso of Nero (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 13 August 2011.

Agrippa Minor

Agrippa Minor

SOURCE:  Agrippa Minor (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 13 August 2011.

Claudia Octavia?

Claudia Octavia?

SOURCE:  Claudia Octavia? (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 13 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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