Forum of Augustus : Michelin's recommendations
This forum was built according to Augustus' wishes (who was still called Octavius), after he had avenged the death of Caesar by defeating his murderers, Cassius and Brutus, at Filippi. He decided to dedicate a temple to Mars on the new forum that he wished to see erected, and the latter would be dedicated to the exercise of justice. The work began in 31 B.C. and the forum was separated from the crowded Suburre district by an irregular wall. Both sides of the forum had a amphitheatre whose traces are still visible, if you stand on the Via Alessandrina, which offers a good general view of the forum. A few columns are left standing from the front and right-hand side of the Temple of Marte Ultore, that the emperor had vowed to build, as well as basilicas, and two porticos set on either side of the temple. The entrance to the forum was topped by a fine arch, called the Arco dei Pantani, which can be seen from the Via Tor de'Conti. Augustus's creation was embellished by his successors, notably Tiberius, who had two handsome triumphal arches built there, in honour of Drusus and Germanicus.
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