What to See in Athens – The Roman Forum!

Julius Caesar was a student of Greece also. Once he had made it as the Roman Conqueror of Gaul, he too had the means to be magnanimous to Athens, as much as Attalus had ever been.

Caesar donated funds to construct the Roman Forum, but the war between him and Pompey for complete mastery of the Roman Republic stopped further work.

The Roman Forum, Athens
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His adopted son and successor to the Imperium, one Augustus Caesar, finished the job.

Unlike the irregular shape and odd placing of buildings in the Greek Agora, the Roman Forum was strictly straight edged.

The Roman Forum, Athens - Photo © Rik Freeman
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The central building is almost square, with two entrances and an internal colonnade that housed stalls. It must have been like a bazaar inside.

The surrounding courtyard was paved over by Rome’s other Imperial Philhellene, Hadrian. With broadcloth covering the open space, the whole complex must have looked like a regular souk.

The Roman Forum, Athens - Photo © Rik Freeman
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