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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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  • 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 ...  read 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...  read more »
  • Basilica Julia is a minor remains of ancient stone buildings and is situated on the territory of the Forum. Probably, you can separate one structure (or rather, what little is left of it) from another, we almost did not do so, and just enjoyed the species as a whole. In doing so, our attitude changed from fairly skeptical at first, until it is quite satisfied already in the process of inspection. Join one of the reviews with my comments-we first examined in detail the territogiû Forum and Palatine Hill with a height of even thinking especially no longer waste time and begin exploring other parts of Rome, but downstairs, long wandered among the ruins, looking at the details already with the usual angle. So look and so and so, the impression will be different.
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  • Need to see this.
  • One of the greatest monuments of the Roman forum
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  • Close by the South side the Roman Forum, bordered on the West by the Vicus Iugarius separating it from the Temple of Saturn and the East with the Vicus Tuscus that separates it from the Temple of Losdioscuros.
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  • When he was still whole was supposed to be a basilica beautiful but now is practically all destroyed except for 3 columns that are left standing
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  • Now run down but certainly beautiful in ancient Rome
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