Rome, The Forum Iulium and Forum Augustum. Update, Studies and Excavations of the Forum of Iulium and the line of tabernae (2010, 2004, 2001).
“4.1.1 55 -2 B.C.: The Forum Iulium and Forum Augustum, pp. 177-180,” in: Dr. David Newsome, “THE FORUM AND THE CITY: RETHINKING CENTRALITY IN ROME AND POMPEII (3RD CENTURY B.C. – 2ND CENTURY A.D.).” [THESIS] Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity College of Arts and Law The University of Birmingham January 2010.
Dr. D.Newsome wrote the following, on p.180 [The Forum Iulium / the line of tabernae] =
“Construction began in 47 B.C. and was completed a year later. Remains found within the church of SS. Martina e Luca were oriented with the Curia Iulia and Forum Iulium, rather than on the north-south alignment of the earlier structures aligned with the Curia Hostilia and its Sullan enlargement. As such, Tortorici proposed that the Temple of Felicitas not only replaced the Sullan curia but was oriented to the same axes as Caesar‘s grander project in this area (n.506). If this reading of the interventions in the period 47 – 44 B.C. is correct, it demonstrates a shift in the organisation of space in the northeast of the Forum Romanum. Where the Curia Hostilia, Comitium and Basilica Porcia had until 52 B.C. pushed the clivus Argentarius gradually westwards as it descended into the forum, the removal of these spaces and the new alignment of the Forum Iulium, Curia Iulia and Temple of Felicitas allowed for a reorganisation of the street network in this area, in an area roughly parallel with the facade of the Curia Iulia across to the Carcer. This has been considered in terms of a monumentalisation of the street network at the northeast of the Forum Romanum but, importantly, this did not truncate or remove any streets, nor change the through movement potential of any spaces. (n. 507).
n. 506, Although they remain unpublished, a summary of the excavations for via del Tulliana in the 1930s and photographs from 1941 appear in Tortorici 1991: 56-64, tav II. The remains included a stretch of white mosaic floor, truncated by a tufa wall in opera quadrata and a displaced Ionic capital. The mosaic floor was attributed to the Sullan curia, obliterated by the later building which, following Dio, was most likely the Temple of Felicitas.
n.507, La Rocca 2001: 178, n.19; 2006: fig. 18. Suggestions that this area was modified in order to provide an axial approach to the later Forum Augustum and aedes Martis Ultoris, through a lateral arch into the portico of the Forum Iulium, cannot be given too much confidence. Indeed, the line of tabernae on the outside of Caesar‘s forum appears to have extended to the Curia Iulia, removing any space for a monumental entrance on this side (Martin G. Conde, pers. comm.) For the argument that the Curia Iulia was further towards the north, until being repositioned under Domitian, see Richardson 1978b: esp. 360-2. Richardson argues that the chalcidicum of the Curia Iulia would have blocked the Argiletum.”
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As for Dr. Newsome in which he wrote (p.180, n.507) = “Indeed, the line of tabernae on the outside of Caesar‘s forum appears to have extended to the Curia Iulia, removing any space for a monumental entrance on this side (Martin G. Conde, pers. comm.).”
My information was base on my review and discussion with Arch. Dr. Barbara Baldrati of Rome, and her detailed architectural survey conducted in the Forum of Caesar in 2002-2004.
Please see the following =
— Dott.ssa Arch. Barbara Baldrati, “FORUM JULII – Il Foro di Cesare: proposta d’ intervento per l’ area nord,” Disegna Auto Cad su Carta fotografia.” (12/2010).
— Dott.ssa Arch. Barbara Baldrati, “FORUM JULII – Il Foro di Cesare: proposta d’ intervento per l’ area nord,” in: Arch. Dott.ssa Barbara Baldrati, Tesi di specializzazione: “Il foro di Cesare: proposta di recupero per l’area nord,” relatore: Prof. Arch. Giovanni Carbonara, correlatore: Prof. Arch. Fabrizio De Cesaris. Tesi discussa il 16/07/2004. [© Tutti i diritti riservati 2010].