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Forum Boarium, Rome

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The Forum Boarium (pronounced "Bo-arium" not "Bore-ium", Italian: Foro Boario) was the cattle forum venalium of ancient Rome. It was located on a level piece of land near the Tiber between the Capitoline, the Palatine and Aventine hills. As the site of the original docks of Rome (Portus Tiberinus), the Forum Boarium experienced intense commercial activity.

The Forum Boarium was the site of the first gladiatorial contest at Rome which took place in 264 BC as part of aristocratic funerary ritual—a munus or funeral gift for the dead. Marcus and Decimus Junius Brutus Scaeva put on a gladiatorial combat in honor of their deceased father with three pairs of gladiators.

The site was also a religious centre housing the Temple of Hercules Victor, the Temple of Portunus (Temple of Fortuna Virilis), and the massive 6th or 5th century BC Great Altar of Hercules.
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  • Boarium Forum is the oldest forum in Rome, the market square on the Tiber River, between the Capitoline, Palatine and Aventine hills, near Circus Maximus. It mainly traded in cattle as well as fish.....  more »
  • This small park near the Tiber is a pleasant place to eat a sandwich purchased from the snack van over the road, while you watch the queue to place their hand in the Bocca della Veritas over the...  more »
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  • Classical forms and style for an amazing looking buildings.
  • A beautiful historic site.

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