Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Roman Forum – exploring antiquity continued

The ancient bronze doors are still in their or...
The ancient bronze doors are still in their original place in this monument, which though called the "temple of Romulus" (referring not to the legendary Romulus, founder of Rome, but to the young son of the emperor Maxentius) was probably just the office of the urban praetor, the official in charge of urban planning in ancient Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The amazing sights in the Roman Forum just go on and on. Here are some more of the surviving remnants from the most important political area of the world 2000 years ago.

The Temple of Castor and Pollox
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Only three columns remain, but they are mammoth and give an indication of the original scale of the building. Although mainly the centre of a cult, the temple was used on occasions by the Senate. The temple was originally built in the 5th century BC, but it was rebuilt over the centuries, finally in 6BC by Tiberius.

Bronze door to the Temple of Romulus
The door is original and dates to the early 4th century AD. Although sources say it was a temple to Romulus (the son of Maxentius, not the founder of Rome) but it may have merely been rededicated to him and originally built as a temple of Jupiter.

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