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Near Kasmil in Municipality of Sarandé, Vlorė (county), Albania
 

The Roman Forum

Forumi romak

 

—Periudha Romake/I Cent. AD/Roman period —

 
The Roman Forum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2018
1. The Roman Forum Marker
Captions: (upper left) Large togate statue; (bottom left) North-west corner of the Forum pavement; (center right) Plan of Forum and Shrines.
Inscription. The texts on this marker are written in Albanian (shqip) (upper left) and English (upper right). Only the English text has been transcribed. To read the Albanian (shqip) text, enlarge the marker image by clicking on it.

English:

Julius Caesar's designation of Butrint as a Roman colony in the 1st century BC lead to dramatic changes in the city's infrastructure. A forum was construct, where an earlier Greek marketplace (agora) once stood as a monumental open space to be used for public business and worship. To the north of the forum, three shrines were built, with the dedication of the central chamber to Minerva Augustus revealed by fragments of marble inscriptions.
The remains of the forum, first discovered by archaeologists in 2005, consisted of a remarkable 2000 year-old pavement measuring c. 20 x 52m sq. surrounded by porticoes. Most of the forum still lies beneath 2 m of soil. Two marble sculptures were found during the excavation and are displayed in the Castle Museum.
The forum was once lined by major Roman buildings. These included temples, richly adorned with frescoes and marble. An earthquake destroyed the forum and its adjacent buildings in the late 4th century AD. The area was later reoccupied by modest domestic structures in the medieval period.
 
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The Roman Forum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2018
2. The Roman Forum Marker
Parku Kombėtar Butrint and Albanian American Development Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 44.766′ N, 20° 1.254′ E. Marker is near Kasmil, Vlorė (county), in Municipality of Sarandé. Marker can be reached from Route SH81, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kasmil, Vlorė (county) 9706, Albania.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Expansion of Butrint (within shouting distance of this marker); The Theatre (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Sanctuary of Asclepius (about 90 meters away); Roman Town Planning (about 120 meters away); Sacred Origins (about 120 meters away); The Baptistery and its mosaic pavements (about 180 meters away); The Great Basilica (about 180 meters away); The Lion Gate (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kasmil.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Butrint National Park, just north of the ferry on route SH81.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
The Roman Forum mosaic image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2018
3. The Roman Forum mosaic
The Roman Forum mosaic is rarely uncovered to prevent damage, image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2018
4. The Roman Forum mosaic is rarely uncovered to prevent damage,
this contributor was fortunate to be there when is was exposed.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 29, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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