Pictures were taken by Gertrude Meyer
on May 2, 2005.
Named after Julius Caesar, the arches formed part of the near end of the basilica used for civil law suits. It had already been erected by Caesar in 54 BC in place of the Basilica Sempronia. It was completed by Augustus byt later destroyed by the great fire of 12 BC.
The building was 330 feet long and 162 feet wide, and was covered with marble.
In architecture, the term basilica signifies a kingly, and secondarily a beautiful, hall. This one qualified for that designation.
The inscribed pedestal appears to be a part of a funerary monument.
The obelesque is interesting because of the many holes in the sides. We see similar holes in various places. They apparently were used to attach some sort of outer finishing materials to the structure — perhaps marble or in some cases, gold.
Steed and Warrior
Perhaps this plaque of the horse and his Roman Soldier found in front of the Curia was once a part of the frieze of one of these magnificant buildings.
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