[...]IT WAS FOR CENTURIES THE CENTRE OF ROMAN PUBLIC LIFE: THE SITE OF TRIUMPHAL PROCESSIONS

AND ELECTIONS; THE VENUE FOR PUBLIC SPEECHES, CRIMINAL TRIALS, AND GLADIATORIAL MATCHES; AND

THE NUCLEUS OF COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS.

 

[...] IT HAS BEEN CALLED THE MOST CELEBRATED MEETING PLACE IN THE WORLD, AND IN ALL HISTORY.

 

[...] THE FORUM TODAY IS A SPRAWLING RUIN.

. . .