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Basilica Julia, Rome

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The Basilica Julia was a structure that once stood in the Roman Forum. It was a large, ornate, public building used for meetings and other official business during the early Roman Empire. Its ruins have been excavated. What is left from its classical period are mostly foundations, floors, a small back corner wall with a few arches that are part of both the original building and later Imperial reconstructions and a single column from its first building phase.The Basilica Julia was built on the site of the earlier Basilica Sempronia along the south side of the Forum, opposite the Basilica Aemilia. It was initially dedicated in 46 BC by Julius Caesar, with building costs paid from the spoils of the Gallic War, and was completed by Augustus, who named the building after his adoptive father.History and useThe building burned shortly after its completion, but was repaired and rededicated in 12 AD. The Basilica was again reconstructed by the Emperor Diocletian after the fire of 283 AD.The Basilica housed the civil law courts and tabernae (shops), and provided space for government offices and banking. In the 1st century, it also was used for sessions of the Centumviri (Court of the Hundred), who presided over matters of inheritance. In his Epistles, Pliny the Younger describes the scene as he pleaded for a senatorial lady whose 80-year-old father had disinherited her ten days after taking a new wife.
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  • This was another huge ancient basilica lost to time, as the path takes you around the broken skeleton of the cathedral, it makes you realise the size it was. This was not a little church, this was a s...  more »
  • Once you are standing at this spot, you can make out most of the perimiter, otherwise there is little left of this Basilica for Caesar  more »
  • Basilica Julia was a large, ornate building, built by Julius Caesar, in mid-1st century BC. However it suffered damage a few times and was rebuilt as a result by other emperors. It was a central Build...  more »
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  • Best appreciated from the viewing platform in the gardens above.
  • Not as well-preserved as other basilicae, still worth a visit.
  • Amazing place
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