Forum Holitorium, Forum Boarium, Circus Maximus, and the Baths of Caracalla

Filippo Coarelli

in Rome and Environs

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520079601
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935099 | DOI:
Forum Holitorium, Forum Boarium, Circus Maximus, and the Baths of Caracalla

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This chapter discusses a series of important works between the end of the second and beginning of the first century bc that include the Forum Holitorium and the Temple of Portunus. It explains that the Forum Boarium and the Circus Maximus, together with the strip of land along the river, were included by Augustus in Region XI, which took its name from the Circus Maximus. The chapter details that from the third century on, the principal axis of the region was Via Nova, a large road parallel to Via Appia which must have originated at the southeastern gate of the Circus Maximus. The road may have been built by Septimius Severus; it was along this thoroughfare that the Baths of Caracalla would eventually rise.

Keywords: Forum Holitorium; Forum Boarium; Circus Maximus; Baths of Caracalla; Augustus; Via Nova; Via Appia; Septimius Severus

Chapter.  10541 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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