"The Roman Forum: form Wetland to Heartland"

Past Live Lecture on June 6th 2022 with Richard Bowen

Come and Discover:


From a flood plain of the River Tiber to the major public place of ancient Rome, the Forum formed the hub of judicial, political and public business. In its heyday the Roman Forum was the centre of day to day activity. It was the venue for public speeches, the site of triumphal processions, the nexus of commercial activity, the seat of Republican government, the nerve centre of the judiciary and even, for a time, the locus for gladiatorial contests. It was decorated with monuments of Rome's heroes and edified with shrines and temples of Rome's gods. 

The lecture will look at the many changes that this small valley, between the Capitol and Palatine Hills, underwent over the centuries, and talk about the main monuments that were built in the area pinpointing their historical and cultural importance for the Ancient Romans.

The lecture lasts 1 hour with 20 minutes of Q&A at the end!

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Richard Bowen

has lived in Rome for nearly 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Humanities degree from Middlesex University and a Master in Arts history degree specialising in mediaeval and 20th century history from University College London. Over the years, Richard has led tours to many different sites in Rome and its environs and is particularly fond of Ostia Antica, Tivoli and the ancient Roman sites including the Baths of Caracalla, Trajan's Market and the Ara Pacis. Additionally, Richard, who has also worked for Smart History, likes to get off the "beaten path" leading tours to the areas of Trastevere and the Park of the Aqueducts. Richard is more than happy to guide tours about the Unification of Italy and the defence of the Roman Republic of 1849, and the rise of Italian Fascism. Equally, our (sometimes) favourite Englishman has no objection to being banished to Cerveteri, Tarquinia or Castel Gandolfo for the day.