ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: ‘Roma – Una bellissima passeggiata nel Foro Romano, ricostruito in 3D.’: Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski & Prof. James E. Packer, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide’, Cambridge University Press (2015), pp. 1-474; 60 b/w illus. 247 colour illus. Foto: Cambridge University Press (05|2015).
“…Thus, while millions of casual tourists visit the site [of the Roman Forum] each year, most carry away only vague ideas of how the shattered ruins before them actually appeared in antiquity; and relevant literature in English usually provides little more.” (…) “Since our new, restored model of the Forum is three dimensional, we were able to document the site in a realistic manner.” (…) “With these digital materials and our texts, we anticipate that future visitors to the Forum will find the site more comprehensible – and, we hope, far more rewarding – than has ever previously been the case.”
— Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski & Prof. James E. Packer [2012-13] in: PREFACE, xv & xviii, Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski & Prof. James E. Packer, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide’, Cambridge University Press (2015), pp. 1-474; 60 b/w illus. 247 colour illus.
The Roman Forum was in many ways the heart of the Roman Empire. Today, the Forum exists in a fragmentary state, having been destroyed and plundered by barbarians, aristocrats, citizens and priests over the past two millennia. Enough remains, however, for archaeologists to reconstruct its spectacular buildings and monuments. This richly illustrated volume provides an architectural history of the central section of the Roman Forum during the Empire (31 BCE–476 CE), from the Temple of Julius Caesar to the monuments on the slope of the Capitoline hill. Bringing together state-of-the-art technology in architectural illustration and the expertise of a prominent Roman archaeologist, this book offers a unique reconstruction of the Forum, providing architectural history, a summary of each building’s excavation and research, scaled digital plans, elevations, and reconstructed aerial images that not only shed light on the Forum’s history but vividly bring it to life. With this book, scholars, students, architects and artists will be able to visualize for the first time since antiquity the character, design and appearance of the famous heart of ancient Rome.
– With over 300 illustrations, the majority of them in color, this is the most complete and visually striking treatment of the Forum to date.
– Authored by an expert team of illustrator and Roman archaeologist.
– The reconstructions of every monument in the Forum constitute the handsomest, most complete, most attractive series of Forum images ever done.
Table of Contents
Part I. Architecture in the Roman Forum during the Empire: A Brief History:
1. The Augustan Reconstruction
2. From the Tiberius to Phocas (14–608 CE)
Part II. The Monuments:
3. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
4. The Temple of Caesar (Aedes divi Iuli)
5. The Basilica Aemilia
6. The Curia
7. The Arch of Septimius Severus
8. The West Rostra
9. The Temple of Concord
10. The Temple of Vespasian
11. The Tabularium
12. Portico of the Dei Consentes
13. The Temple of Saturn
14. The Basilica Julia
15. The Arch of Tiberius
16. The Schola Xanthi
17. The Diocletianic Honorary Columns
18. The Temple of Castor and Pollux
19. The Parthian Arch of Augustus
20. The Temple of Vesta
Part III. Conclusions.
– Index (PDF = 159 KB)
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Gilbert J. Gorski, University of Notre Dame, Indiana –
Gilbert J. Gorski is a licensed architect and the project designer for numerous buildings including the World Headquarters for the McDonald’s Corporation in Oak Brook, IL, and the Oceanarium, a major addition to the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. In 1987 he was designated the Burnham Fellow by the Chicago Architectural Club and was awarded an associate fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. Since 1989 Gorski has headed his own firm specializing in design and illustration. His drawings and paintings have been included in numerous publications and exhibits on architecture and illustration. He was twice awarded the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize, the nation’s highest singular honor in architectural illustration, by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He is also the recipient of an Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement, awarded by the American Institute of Architects. He presently is an associate professor at the University of Notre Dame and holds the James A. and Louise F. Nolen Chair in Architecture.
James E. Packer, Northwestern University, Illinois –
James E. Packer is Emeritus Professor of Classics at Northwestern University. He is the author of the three-volume The Forum of Trajan in Rome (1997); of numerous articles in journals, including the American Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of Roman Archaeology, the Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma, the Maryland Historian, Natural History, Croniche Pompeiane, Technology and Culture, Curator, Inland Architect, Archeo, and Archaeology; and of articles in collections, including the Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae (1993–2000). He is the recipient of many grants, including those from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Getty Grant Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has excavated at Pompeii, in the Forum of Trajan (Rome), and in the Theater of Pompey (Rome). ‘The Forum of Trajan’ exhibition at the opening of the new Getty Museum in Los Angeles (1997) was based on Packer’s work.
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– Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski & Prof. James E. Packer, ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide’, Cambridge University Press (2015 [Forthcoming]), pp. 1-474; 60 b/w illus. 247 colour illus.
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: “Un marmo sopra l’altro così rialzeremo le colonne del Foro di Traiano”, LA REPUBBLICA (15|04|2015). The Forum of Trajan, comments by prof. James E. Packer | FACEBOOK (15|04|2015).
“…Imperial Rome appears to be a golden, semi-mythical city filled with splendid monuments whose ruins still regularly attract hordes of annual visitors. Yet these tourists see only battered walls,fragmentary pavements, broken columns and piles of marble fragments mutely recalling past grandeur but giving little reliable information on the layout and visual or propagandistic effects of the originally elaborately decorated buildings. (…) Consequently, most visitors to Roman sites still rely either on simplified guide books or on ‘local’ professional guides who may or may not give their audience accurate (if limited and strictly verbal) information about the sites visited.”
Prof. James E. Packer, Digitalizing Roman Imperial architecture in the early 21st century: purposes, data, failures and prospects. JRAS 61 (2006), pg. 309 & 312 [of pages 309-320].
…His [Prof. Packer’s] interest in the monument [of the Forum of Trajan] was sparked in 1972, while he was preparing to guide some Northwestern University [Illinois, USA] alumni on a tour of Rome, little had been published about the forum, he found. This did not surprise him. He had just finished his dissertation of the archaeological records of Ostia, the ancient port of Rome, and “it was extraordinary how much little had been done on Ostia,”  he says. “So it was not surprising that the same situation existed in Rome.” In fact, all of the Imperial Forums were “kind of forgotten” – collapsed, buried and hard to get into, he says.’ In a sense, Dr. Packer’s had been preparing for much of his life to play a role in the uncovering a key part of Roman history. “Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by Roman buildings,” he says. “I wanted to have something to do with them, but for a long time I wasn’t sure what.” As a boy, he made three-dimensional models of such buildings as the Forum of Pompeii, the Pantheon at Ostia, and the Round Temple of Baalbek in Lebanon. Growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia he was impressed by the town’s architecture. “My mother said, ‘if you like neo-classical architecture, wait until you see the real thing.’” Certainly the Forum of Trajan bore her out.’ & .
Notes: 1,2,3, & 4 in, see: ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. James. E. Packer, (ed. it.), Il Foro di Traiano a Roma. Breve studio dei monumenti (Roma 2001). “[Prof. Packer] Passeggiata virtuale nel Foro Romano [e Traiano],” LA STAMPA (02|01|1998), p. 17.
— ROME ARCHAEOLOGY & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: THE ROMAN FORUM – Prof. James E. Packer & Prof. Arch. Gilbert J. Gorski, “The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide,” Cambridge University Press (2015]), Pp. 550. Foto: Prof. James E. Packer, scholars and students visiting the Forum of Trajan in Oct. 2013.
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. James E. Packer, Il Foro di Traiano. Breve studio dei monumenti | Prof. Packer, una lezione affascinante in inglese sul Foro di Traiano Roma (10|2013). [ENGLISH] VIDEO YOUTUBE [1:00:13].
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Prof. James Packer,”Digitizing Imperial Rome: A computerized Approach to the Architectural History of the Roman Imperial Forum.” James Packer, Professor Emeritus Northwestern University (2010).
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: PROF. ANDREA CARANDINI, “IMAGO URBIS – Lazio , Roma e Suburbio,” LA SAPIENZA UNIVERSITA` DI ROMA | Arcus S.p.a | SSBAR (2015). Review of “ATLANTE DI ROMA ANTICA, Vol. I & II (2013),” by: T. P. Wiseman & J. E. Packer (2013).
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Roma – I Fori Imperiali (1995-2008). The Forum of Trajan. Excavations & Related Studies (1998-2008). Prof. James. E. Packer, (ed. it.), Il Foro di Traiano a Roma. Breve studio dei monumenti (Roma 2001). [04|2008].
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e RESTUARO ARCHITETTURA: James E. Packer, Report from Rome: The Imperial Fora, a Retrospective [Relazione da Roma: I Fori Imperiali, una Retrospettiva]. AJA 101, April 1997, [PDF] 307-330. *
Note: A very special thank you to both Prof. James E. Packer and Prof. Arch. Kevin Sarring, they were kind enough to meet with me here in Washington DC in late October 2009, prof. Packer more then generously shared with me the outline of his preliminary work for the current book: ‘The Roman Forum: A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide (2015); M. G. Conde [05|2015]