When wandering this area among the relics, try to imagine it as what it was - Rome's central market area where foods, livestock and goods were traded next to what was the city's port on the Tiber. When looking at the round Temple of Hercules and nearby Temple of Portunus, it doesn't seem fitting that this area could ever be abuzz with activity the way Campo de Fiori is with it's markets or Piazza Venezia with its immense ammount of traffic/people. Did those 2,000 years ago see these structures as anything significant beyond a temple, or were they mere buildings blended into their daily lives...like we so often take for granted our familiar surroundings?
San Nicola and the Theatre of Marcellus at first look like more of the same - crumbling ancient structures so questionable as to their safety, they've been fenced off from public viewing. But next to Marcellus, which from the outside looks something like a mini-Colosseum, are three lonely columns indicating the significance of what was...and still is. Standing since circa 431 B.C., the columns are all that remain from a Temple of Apollo; compared to the theatre which was begun by Julius Caesar and finished by Augusta. This site, recognized as one of Rome's three permanent theatres, could hold up to 20,000 people. Today, guidebooks say the interior is all but missing and the outer structure has been heavily altered over the centuries to convert the theatre into fortresses, residences and other things.
Another separate area too valuable to miss is the Largo Argentina Sacred Area (Via Arenula) which contains foundational remains of what's believed to be the oldest temples found so far in all of Rome. The four places of worship dated back to early 3rd century B.C. and the Roman Republic. They're sunken very low in the ground and observed from street level. When passing, you're likely to think it's just more piles of rubble - which it is! A valuable tip for those who likely won't know the "main attraction": behind remains of Temples B & C are foundational tufa blocks from a rectangular building which housed where the Roman senate met. It's also where Julius Caesar was assassinated!
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June 9, 2007
From journal The Archeobus to visit Ancient Rome along Appia An
March 13, 2006
From journal Christmas in Rome
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
January 6, 2002
* The Victor Emmanuel Monument (1) is on Capitoline Hill, the most important of Rome’s seven hills. This area was ancient Rome’s citadel, designed by Michelangelo in the 16C. Admire the views of the Roman Forum from Piazza del Campidoglio (2) then visit Trajan’s Markets (3).
* At the Colosseum (4) 50,000 people watched the gruesome entertainment, while in the Palatine (5) and Roman Forum (6) the empire’s rich and famous indulged their whims.
* Down Via di Consolazione in Piazza Bocca d. Verita are the well-preserved Forum temples (7), and at Santa Maria in Cosmedin you can test the world’s oldest lie detector, the Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth)(8).
From journal When in Rome
by Jose Kevo
October 17, 2001
From journal CRASHCOURSE - Modern Day Gladiator 101
October 20, 2000
From journal Roman Holiday