When I visited the Roman Forum it was hard imagining the ruins before me once being “the glory that was Rome.” While some have been beautifully preserved, others are nothing but crumbling stone (understandably considering they’re thousands of years old). And yet this was once the epicenter of the world and just to be able to walk along its former streets was a traveler’s dream come true. Hollywood movies like Gladiator may bring to life ancient Rome on the big screen through the use of modern computer technology; however, nothing is as vivid as standing there in person, standing on the same place that who knows, Julius Caesar might have stood himself back in the ancient day.
The Forum was the center of political, commercial, and judicial life in ancient Rome. And as the playwright Plautus once said about the area, “it teemed with lawyers and litigants, bankers and brokers, shopkeepers and strumpets, good-for-nothings waiting for a tip from the rich.”