A Walk Down The Via Sacra Analysis

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The Roman Forum: A Walk Down The Via Sacra In Rome, Italy
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Many people are familiar with The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, written in 1599. One of the most recognized pieces from this work of art is the speech given my Marc Antony (a famous Roman politician) after Caesar’s death. You know, the one that begins with the famous line “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…”? Well, for those of you who are travelling to Rome, you will be pleased to discover that this speech was given at the Rostra in the Roman Forum (Foro Romano).
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A glimpse into the past
As you walk along the main road, you’ll see many age-old columns lying between the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and the Colosseum, along with numerous
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Many religious festivals and business arrangements took place alongside the Via Sacra, including just those who would sit, playing a game of dice. If you continue along, you may see people gathered in a line, holding flowers, and entering into a tiny area known as the Tempio di Giulio Cesare (the Temple of Julius Caesar). Augustus (the founder of the Roman Empire) began building this temple in 42 BC, however it wasn’t until 29 BC, after the Battle of Actium, when he decided to dedicate it to Julius Caesar. Additionally, this is also where Caesar’s body was brought to be cremated, and you are more than welcome to bring a flower, or token of your choice, to place in this location as…show more content…
In AD 203 this arch was built to pay tribute to the Parthian victories of Emperor Septimius Severus along with his two sons Caracalla and Geta, who became joint emperors after their father’s death. If you look up closely at the carved markings along the arch you will see images that reflect scenes from the battle in Parthia. In fact, the lower area of the 3rd panel shows the Parthians fleeing on horseback, and right above this you will see them surrendering to emperor as he makes his way into the conquered

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