"the Forum, seen from the Coloseum" Roman Forum - Temple of Venus and Roma Tip by tompt

  Temple of Roma and Venus
by tompt

The Forum, the heart of the political, commercial and juridictional live in classic Rome. As the city grew, the Forum became too small and the different emperors build new Forums.

When you are in the Coloseum and look to the west you see the temple of Venus and Roma. (see the picture) this temple was built by emperor Hadrianus in 121AD. It was dedicated to Roma, the personification of the city, and Venus, the mother of Aeneas, who is supposed to be the father of Remus and Romulus.

The emperor designed the temple himself. An architect who pointed out the statues in the niches were too big, the emperor ordered him to be decapitated. The statues are no longer there, but the architect was right. The sitting statues could not stand up without hitting their heads (figurative speaking)

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  • Written Jan 24, 2004
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