The Rostra (Italian: Rostri) was a large platform built in the city of Rome that stood during the republican and imperial periods. Speakers would stand on the rostra and face the north side of the comitium towards the senate house and deliver orations to those assembled in between. It is often referred to as a suggestus or tribunal, the first form of which dates back to the Roman Kingdom, the Vulcanal.See I Rostri and all Rome has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rome trip itinerary tool.
It derives its name from the six rostra (plural of rostrum, a warship's ram) which were captured during the victory at Antium in 338 BC and mounted to its side. Originally, the term meant a single structure located within the Comitium space near the Forum and usually associated with the Senate Curia. It began to be referred to as the Rostra Vetera ("Elder Rostra") in the imperial age to distinguish it from other later platforms designed for similar purposes which took the name "Rostra" along with its builder's name or the person it honored.
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Initially built during the reign of Caesar this platform was used as the stage for political self-representation of the Emperors, including speeches and welcoming foreign rulers. In its final... more »
The rostra is so named for the rostrums that adorned it from ships captured in 338BC. It was moved to its current location, adjacent to the Arch of Septimus Severus by Augustus. The rostri was a... more »
The rostrums were the forums of the Roman Forum and today we can see the remains, very fragmentary, placed a few steps from the arch of Settimo Severus. The position in which we can admire them today is not the original one: they were, in fact, moved because the original platform was replaced by a real stage from which the political man no longer had to obtain the consensus of the voters of the Times of the Republic. Not to be missed! @gargio76
The Rostri is a platform where the consuls. Little to see, but beautiful to think of how it used to be.
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