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4. The Forum Augustum
About this Lecture
In this module, we turn to the Forum Augustum, an area which—unlike the Forum Romanum that we looked at in the previous module—was built entirely from scratch. In particular, we think about the configuration of the Forum and what it tells us about Augustus as a ruler, the importance of the Temple of Mars Ultor that dominated one end of the Forum, as well as how the Forum was used after it was completed.
All digital modelling and 3D images are (c) Dr Matthew Nicholls, University of Reading. 2015. All rights reserved.
Before the Emperor Augustus died in 14 AD, he boasted that he had found Rome a city of brick, but left it a city of marble. In this course, Professor Matthew Nicholls (University of Reading) explores Augustus’ rebuilding of the city of Rome through his award-winning digital model of the city. After a brief introduction to Augustus’ rise to power and his building programme as a whole, we turn to individual monuments, including the Ara Pacis, The Forum Romanum, The Forum Augustum, The Mausoleum of Augustus, and the various leisure and entertainment buildings that were constructed in the Campus Martius.
All digital modelling and 3D images are (c) Prof. Matthew Nicholls, University of Reading. 2015. All rights reserved.
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Matthew Nicholls is a visiting professor of classics at the University of Reading and Senior Tutor at St John's College, Oxford, specialising in the political and social history of the Romans, and the way the built environments of Rome and cities around the empire expressed their values and priorities. In 2014, Matthew was presented with a Guardian Teaching Award for his 'Virtual Rome' project, a digital model of the city of Rome, showing the city as it appeared in c. AD 315.
Cite this Lecture
Nicholls, M. (2018, August 15). Imperial Image: The City of Rome - The Forum Augustum [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/augustus-and-the-city-of-rome/the-forum-augustum
Nicholls, M. "Imperial Image: The City of Rome – The Forum Augustum." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/augustus-and-the-city-of-rome/the-forum-augustum