Forum Boarium - Rome

The Forum Boarium originally served as a cattle market and is the oldest surviving forum of the Roman Republic. It also served as a religious centre and was the site of the Temple of Hercules Victor, the Temple of Portunus, and the massive 6th or 5th century BC Great Altar of Hercules. At its height, this forum was next to the premier port of Rome (Port Tibernius), and experienced intense commercial activity. Additionally in 264 BC, it was where the first gladiatorial contest took place, which was held in honour of Decimus Junius Brutus Scaeva’s late father. Today the well-preserved remains of the two temples are still standing. The Temple of Hercules Victor is a circular peristyle building dating from the 2nd century BC while the Temple of Portunus is a rectangular building built between 100 and 80 BC.


Open access


Open access

Address : Piazza della Bocca della Verita 186 Rome Italy

Subway : Metro B : Circo Massimo

Bus : Bus : C3, H, 30, 44, 63, 95, 130, 160, 170, 271, 628, 630, 715, 716, 780, 781. Tram 8 : Argentina, Arenula

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