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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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  • There is not much left of this Basilica, you just understand how big it was and its shape. In any case of value because it gives its value to this incredible area.
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  • In this hot summer, we are happy and suspended in front of the Basilica Julia, started by caesar's order and completed by Augustus. In our eyes, what's left of it is in very bad condition, little stuff, but enough to make us realize the idea conceived. With augmented reality and 3D graphics we move as citizens of Rome back then. The reconstruction, as it takes shape, which replaces the ruins with the ancient splendor of the places, which recompose as if by magic, is a dip to the heart. If these stones could speak, who knows how many stories they could tell.
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  • The Basilica of Julia was built on the ruins of the Basilica of Sempronia, built in 170 BC. The construction began in 46 BC by Julius Caesar who financed her wealth of war on the Gauls. After Caesar's murder, the building was completed by the Emperor Augustus. The basilica was burned shortly after the construction ended, and it was renovated only in AD 12. In 283 ad, she was cremated again and again renovated by Emperor Diocletian. The basilica was partially destroyed in 410 A.D. when the hugogoths looted Rome. After this incident, in a process that lasted several hundred years, the basilica slowly became the ruins. In the seventh or eighth century, some of its ruins were converted into to the church, which was also destroyed over the years. The basilica was a large public building. It housed the civil courts, government ministries, banks and shops. The basilica was the preferred meeting place for the Roman people, who met it for business and games (on the marble floor of the portico, there are diagrams of games at the top of the line. On the side of the Coria, there is a stone that drawn a plaid slab of eight over eight squares, where you can play games similar to chess or For checkers).
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  • Nice walk around the ruins - can spend an hour or so to see it all
  • A quick Segway view for the kid
  • The Basilica Julia was where trials took place, so it is very possible that the Apostle Paul, being a Roman Citizen, was tried and condemned to death by a Roman Court meeting in this structure in the first century.
  • wouldn't recommend
  • Best appreciated from the viewing platform in the gardens above.
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