The Forum

 

The rectangular forum has a surface area of 1300m2 and is situated in the centre of the monumental area, at the junction of the north and south sectors. It is accessible via three gates. Enclosed and paved, this building represents the centre of the political, administrative and religious structures of the city. To its east stands the judiciary basilica with its eight arches; to its south is the capitol and the tribunal from which speeches were made; to its west is a series of shops (tabernae), while to the north-east is found a temple with four cellae, with its temenos surrounded by a portico. The forum was cluttered with all sorts of statues dedicated to emperors, magistrates and to elite men and women who had rendered some service to the town. Of these statues only the pedestals remain in situ.