Virtually explore the Roman Forum with Smarthistory as your guide
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Views of Rome have long fired human imagination, eliciting reactions that lead to contemplation and argue for conservation
Ruins function as political and private symbols even in the modern era
What did Brunelleschi, Donatello, and Masaccio take from ancient ruins of Rome?
How do we find meaning in amidst the ruins of the Roman Forum?
One of the most impressive monuments on the Roman Forum
Built using new technologies, this building is overwhelming and unprecedented—displaying Roman imperial power.
The heart of ancient Rome, the Forum Romanum was the monumental center of religious, political, and social life.