The Roman era. Public buildings and necropolises -
The Court Square, archeological area of Aquileia. Photo by © Gianluca Baronchelli
The forum, the heartbeat of the city’s political, administrative and social life, was a square whose first phase of construction dates from as early as the 2nd century bc. In the first half of the 1st century ad, it acquired the appearance that can still be discerned today, with surrounding arcades on at least three sides. To the east and west, numerous workshops looked on to the portico; to the south, the civil basilica occupied the square’s full width. We know very little about the north side, except that it had a circular construction with steps, which has been identified as the Comitium, a place for popular meetings in the Republican era.
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