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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

The Forum - The Place to Be

Pompeii

1st c. BC

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Under Roman rule, Pompeii thrived.

The heart of the city was the forum.

Pompeii's forum was huge, surrounded by colonnades and statues of famous Roman citizens.

Eyes would naturally be drawn to the Temple of Jupiter on one end.

It also had a courthouse, administrative buildings, public bathrooms and a market.

The forum would be milling with people going about their business.

A fresco in one of Pompei's villas shows people at the Forum chatting, bartering, playing board games, admiring statues - even smacking their disobedient children!

Fun fact : there are still many graffiti of the time etched in Pompeii's walls.

Examples include some found on the walls of the courthouse : "Auge loves Allotenus", "Epaphra, you are bald!", "Phileros is a eunuch!"