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Roman Forum. History of the Excavations

 
 
Roman Forum. History of the Excavations Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
1. Roman Forum. History of the Excavations Marker
Inscription.

Although the Forum was "rediscovered" in the Renaissance, scientific interest in the area only began in the late 18th century. This led in the 19th century to systematic explorations by illustrious archaeologists, including Carlo Fea, Antonio Nibby, Pietro Rosa and Guiseppe Fiorelli. Earthworks brought back to light the ancient ground level of the Forum, a few metres beneath that of the surrounding city.

The most extensive excavations were undertaken in the early years of the 20th century, directed by Giacomo Boni who explored the square, the Temple of Caesar, the Lapis Niger, the Regia, the archaic necroplis, the Temple of Vesta with the house of the Vestal Virgins, the Spring of Juturna and the church of Santa Maria Antiqua. His successor Alfonso Bartoli excavated the Basilica Aemilia and radically restored the Curia. In subsequent decades explorations - though limited - continued in various areas including the Comitium, the Basilica lulia, the Arch of Augustus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the area around the modern via della Consolazione, which was destroyed. Today the Roman Forum, though apparently a stretch of ruins, remains one of the most important places in the world for history and art. The ruins, the vegetation, the environment, forming a whole set off by the Roman light, still retain

Roman Forum. History of the Excavations Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 3, 2013
2. Roman Forum. History of the Excavations Marker
Man in blue shirt is reading the markers
a fascination which the passage of time cannot alter. Seeing the Forum from above, especially at sunset on a clear day, is one of the world's most intense and striking spectacles.
 
Location. 41° 53.534′ N, 12° 29.158′ E. Marker is in Rome, Lazio, in Metropolitan City of Rome. Touch for map. Marker and ruins are in the Roman Forum. Marker is at or near this postal address: Via Sacra, Rome, Lazio 00186, Italy.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tabernae at the Front of the Basilica Aemilia (a few steps from this marker); Altar of Caesar / Ara di Cesare (a few steps from this marker); Roman Forum (a few steps from this marker); Forum Square (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Roman Forum (within shouting distance of this marker); Shrine of Venus Cloacina / Sacello di Venere Cloacina (within shouting distance of this marker); Regia (within shouting distance of this marker); Temple of Antoninus and Faustina (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
 
Also see . . .
1. Rome Reborn: A Digital Model of Ancient Rome. (Submitted on June 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Roman Forum. (Submitted on June 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Forum Romanum
Roman Forum image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Roman Forum
View from the Via Nova
. (Submitted on June 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Roman Forum Excavation. (Submitted on June 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Forum Excavations Reveal Rome's Advanced Age (2014). (Submitted on June 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
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