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Ancient Shadows

By Philip_H
The forum, Pompeii, Italy.

The forum was a large rectangular area in the south-west of Pompeii and was the heart of the city. It was surrounded by colonnades and was a pedestrian area only. Statues of important citizens were situated around the forum. It was the religious, commercial, and civic centre for the whole city. The forum contained the main city temples such as the Temple of Jupiter, the Temple of Apollo, the Temple of the Lares and the Temple of Vespasian.

In addition the forum was also the business centre of Pompeii. It contained the macellum or covered market where Pompeians could buy meat or fish. The open area of the forum would have contained traders who would have set up stalls - a kind of open air market. At the top left hand corner of the forum was the public weights and measures table or 'mensa ponderaria'. One of the most important industries in Pompeii was represented in the forum - the building of the Eumachia or the Guildhall of the cloth trade.

The forum was also a centre for local government. It contained three offices for councillors and also the basilica which was a law court and a place for businessmen to meet.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Alone In Thought'.

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Tags: Forum Architecture Italy Ruins Archaeology Pompeii Tourists Vesuvius Temples Roman city Colonnade

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
22 Mar 2014 6:05PM
Makes a grand shadow, Philip, well captured. Carol

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
22 Mar 2014 6:29PM
Nice POV, super view and great shadow, Philip.
Probably the oldest shadow makers we will see on here today!!..Good one Philip.

Lynette Grin
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5 153 16 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2014 9:42PM
Always wanted to visit there Philip, great saturdays shadows imageSmile

A Booth 16 11 4 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 7:26AM
good low angle composition, interesting storyline.

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