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Final Sights in the Roman Forum

As I prepared to leave the Roman Forum, the final sights I photographed were the Basilica of Maxentius, a series of arches between the Temple of Romulus and the Basilica of Maxentius, the Church of Santa Francesca Romana, and a … Continue reading

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The Palatine Hill

Atop the Palatine Hill are the remains of an ancient temple, presumably dedicated to Jupiter Stator.  This temple was the site of Cicero’s first oration against Cataline in 63 BC.  Around the niches, there are remnants of mosaics, and above the niche … Continue reading

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The Farnese Gardens

The Palatine Hill overlooks the Roman Forum.  The buildings of the Farnese Gardens can be seen from the Forum itself, and the approach to the Palatine Hill is through these buildings. The Farnese Gardens were constructed as a summer residence for … Continue reading

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The Roman Forum – Part 6

The Arch of Titus was built in 81 AD by the Emperor Domatian to celebrate the deification of his deceased predecessor and brother, Titus.  The arch is located at the east end of the Roman Forum, close to the Colosseum. … Continue reading

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The Roman Forum – Part 5

The Temple of Divus Romulus (Tempio di Romolo) in the Roman Forum was constructed to honor Romulus, the deified son of Emperor Maxentius in 309 AD.  In the sixth century, the temple was converted into the vestibule for the Basilica of … Continue reading

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The Roman Forum – Part 4

Moving through the Roman Forum to the southeast, one passes the Tempio del Divo Giulio (Temple of Caesar).  Construction of this temple was begun after the Roman Senate deified Julius Caesar and was dedicated to the cult of a comet … Continue reading

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The Roman Forum – Part 3

The Curia Julia in the Roman Forum holds several important objects including the Plutei of Trajan, a pair of stone balustrades found in the Forum.  These balustrades were not part of the Curia Julia, but they are historically important because … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Roman Forum – Part 1

The Forum was the center for public life in ancient Rome.  Today, the Forum lies mostly in ruins.  At the northwest corner of the forum stands the Arch of Septimius Severus dedicated in 203 AD to commemorate the victories of Septimius … Continue reading

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The Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains, Rome

The Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli) is located near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.  Its facade is modest.  If one did not know the basilica was there, one might pass by, thinking that the structure … Continue reading

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