South Section : Michelin's recommendations
The Via Egnatia in the South Section was the main street of Roman Philippi (note the ruts worn by chariots). It leads to the ruins of the forum; the market; the Pillared Basilica; the Roman Palaestra; the Latrines; and the Schola. The forum, built mostly in the reign of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, is a marble-paved court some 100m by 50m. The plan is clearly recognisable; it is bordered on the north side by the Via Egnatia, and on the other sides by steps and porticoes leading to the main municipal buildings, of which the foundations have been identified. Parallel with the Via Egnatia were fountains, a rostrum and commemorative momuments. The west side is bordered by traces of a temple and administrative buildings; in the southwest corner stands an unusual upturned marble table, the cavities of which are thought to have been used for measuring, and holes in the ground for playing marbles. The construction of the Pillared Basilica was begun in the 6C but was never finished because it apparently proved impossible to build a dome to cover such a large building. The huge pillars composed of ancient drums and their delicately carved Byzantine capitals are still in place. The huge Latrines, located underground, are very well preserved. Most of the original marble seats and water ducts are still extant, as are the entrance steps.
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