The Adventures of Sonya and John, Two Canadians living in Britain.

The Forum

The Roman Forum was the center of Roman life for hundreds of years, especially during the time of the Roman Republic.

A picture of the Temple of Venus and Roma, circa 121 BC. Note the ceiling, a pattern used later on in the Pantheon.

The Forum, looking towards the Arch of Septimius Severus at the end. On the right is the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, or at least the columns from the temple. Built around the columns is a 11th century church, refurbished in the 17th century.

These columns are from the Temple of Castor and Pollux

These imposing columns are from the Temple of Saturn. The annual Roman Saturn Celebration took place at the winter solstice and had gift giving as part of the ritual. It is thought that Christmas derives from this festival.

A view of the once mighty Roman Forum. the Arch of Septimius is to the left while the Temple of Saturn is to the right.