Remember the movie, Ben Hur? This is where they would have raced. The Circus Maximus could seat more than 270,000 people!
Behind are the remains of Emperor Domitian's palace.
Next, we explored the Roman Forum. This was originally a a marshy area between the Palatine and the Capitaline Hills of Rome which was drained in the 7th century B.C.
The Forum became the business center of Rome, like a City Center would be today. It was filled with temples to the Gods, as well as business buildings, including the Senate.
This is the Arch of Titus which was built in 70 A.D. It was built to commemorate the sacking of Jeruselum in that year. It has become a symbol of anti-semitism and you are actually allowed to spit on the arch as you pass it! This is the Temple of Ceasar which was built on the spot where Julius Ceasar's body was cremated after his assasination. It was constructed in 42 B.C. by Ceasar's heir Octavian who later became known as Augustus.
This is the House of the Vestel Virgins. It must have been beautiful and you can still see the three sacred pools...
The Rostra, which was the public speaking platform. "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears..."
Then we went down below to where the prisioners were held. The prison was used for high ranking prisioners, like kings of vanquished countries. After being paraded through the streets of ancient Rome, they were held here until they were strangled in the cell and their bodies thrown into the sewer underneath the prison. What a horrible place this was...