"the Forum, Julius Caesar ashes" Roman Forum - Temple of Cesar Tip by tompt

Roman Forum - Temple of Cesar, Rome: 11 reviews and 21 photos


This ugly looking piece of wall is maybe one of the most important features of the forum. It is the place where Julius Caesar was cremated after he was murdered in 44 BC.

Julius Caesar died of multiple stab wounds when an assassination plot unfolded at the foot of the statue of Pompey. The people in the courtyard initially approved of Caesar's assassination. They dragged his body to the forum's western end in front of the new rostrum. Marc Antony delivered a speech that turned the mob around. Now Caesar was the fallen hero, deserving of a hero's cremation. A makeshift altar was raised on the spot and furniture from surrounding temples and basilicas made the pyre.

Later a temple in his honor was placed here.

Today the remains includes part of the wall of the rounded niche. Inside the niche is the weathered cement core of the crematory altar.

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2004
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