Daniella loves joking about ancient Rome and its imperial Forums. “You know, ancient Romans invented a lot of things we think were only discovered in the modern age. For example, urban sprawl!” But Daniella is only partially joking. After all, ancient Romans outgrow their old downtown. After which, they started buying private property to develop more and larger Fora (Forums or downtowns).
To better understand Rome’s town planning and its imperial Forums, we’ll explore them in chronological order. So, we’ll discuss Julius Caesar and how he came up with the idea of building a new forum. Darn, a new forum? That was ambitious! Why? Because no one had thought of building a new one. And that was insane, since the old one had been in use for over 500 hundred years! What a political and architectural genius! When Caesar had the Forum Iulium built, he doubled the size of Rome’s downtown, creating more space for shops and administration. When you think about, Julius Caesar also deserves the credit for inventing the “forum trend.” After all, he came up with the idea that all self-respecting emperors then followed.