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This corner of the Forum Romanum was the heart of the Empire. The Golden milestone from which all distances were measured was in this area. The entire forum was added to over the course of hundreds of years and this corner is a testament to that fact.

The three columns in this photo on the left belong to the temple of the Deified Vespasian, from the end of the first century, AD. The arch is the Arch of Septimius Severus, built in AD 203, is the point where the Via Sacra triumphal route turned and headed up the Capitoline to the Temple of Jupiter, which would have been up the hill behind me.

The Curia Julia, or senate house, can be seen behind the arch. Julius Caesar started its construction in about 50 BC but due to the civil wars was not completed until the 20s BC by Augusts. The base of the rostra, the public speaking platform is between the arch and columns on the right, is also of early date. The columns on the right are the remains of the Temple of Saturn, on of the earliest temples in the forum, the foundations of which date from 498 B.C.

As an added sense of scale the arch is about 21 meters in height

I had prepared to upload this as a sepia type of image but after looking at the color again I chose this. Though there are no strong colors I like the tones, which were lost in sepia and black and white. I would appreciate any suggestions about that.

I put up two other versions I was considering in workshop.

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