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It was for centuries the centre of Roman public life. It was the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches. It was also the heart of commerce. Here statues and monuments mark the city's great men. It has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history.
Buildings in the Forum
The Roman Forum is famous for the number of buildings and other ancient ruins that it contains. These include:
- Grant, Michael 1970. The Roman Forum. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, p11.
- "La Stampa - La top ten dei monumenti più visti Primo il Colosseo, seconda Pompei". Lastampa.it. http://www.lastampa.it/2013/03/11/italia/cronache/la-top-ten-dei-monumenti-piu-visti-primo-il-colosseo-seconda-pompei-SQCygHLbPhGPWnqteamQRJ/pagina.html. Retrieved 2014-08-25.