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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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  • Of course it was little left but the overall dimensions are becoming clear just by looking at them up close. You can understand, but you can't forgive her for razobravshih of the Romans, Christian churches and homes. If you happen to be in Santa Maria Maggiore and San Pietro in Vincoli, you may notice that the Colonnade of the ancient Roman temples.
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  • The Basilica Julia was a giant building in the Roman Forum (one of several) used for commerce, business matters, etc. Little remains today, mostly foundations and steps. Important to understand these ...  more »
  • The Basilica Julia dates back to the early empire. I used to be a 2+ storey building with ornate archways... only the plant is left, bust still impressive. Walking through it is OK, however it is bett...  more »
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  • Not as well-preserved as other basilicae, still worth a visit.
  • Need to see this.
  • 目前只能看到四周柱子底部 主體建築已經不存在 但不難想像當時規模之大
  • With an area of just 101 x 49 meters, the Basilica Julia was the largest Basilica in the Forum.
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  • Little from all over. It is a pity to see that it is no longer there. That should have been used to be very nice.
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