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Notes on the Geography of Italy: Classical Rome 1: Photo 18

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Looking west from the Arch of Titus over the Roman forum. The view extends past the triple Arch of Septimius Severus, built in 203 to celebrate victories over the Parthians. On the right are the steps and massive columns of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. On the left are the freestanding columns of the Temple of Castor. In the background is the Capitoline Hill. Though destined to be the city center, the forum was originally a swamp, and it was drained early in Roman history by the famous Cloaca Maxima, which drained to the Tiber, a thousand feet off to the left. The forum was completely buried by the time of Charlemagne, but excavations began in the Renaissance and became serious business in the time of Pius IX.

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