The Roman Forum was in many ways the heart of the Roman Empire.
Today, the Forum exists in a fragmentary state, having been
destroyed and plundered by barbarians, aristocrats, citizens, and
priests over the past two millennia. Enough remains, however, for
archaeologists to reconstruct its spectacular buildings and
monuments. This richly illustrated volume provides an architectural
history of the central section of the Roman Forum during the Empire
(31 BCE-476 CE), from the Temple of Julius Caesar to the monuments
on the slope of the Capitoline hill. Bringing together state of the
art technology in architectural illustration and the expertise of a
prominent Roman archaeologist, this book offers a unique
reconstruction of the Forum, providing architectural history, a
summary of each building's excavation and research, scaled digital
plans, elevations, and reconstructed aerial images that not only
shed light on the Forum's history but vividly bring it to life.
With this book, scholars, students, architects, and artists will be
able to visualize for the first time since antiquity the character,
design, and appearance of the famous heart of ancient Rome.