National Geographic : 1922 Jun
THE ROMAN FORUM Heart of the mighty empire of the Caesars, source from which has come the unfrivaled system ofjurisprudence that hasbeen themodel of every modern nation, the Roman Forum was also the focus of architectural and civic beauty, the most conspicuous oftheancient remains inthis quarter being the Temple of Saturn, with its Ionic portico of eight columns. The marble arch of Septimius Severus, shown totheright ofthe roadway, was raised to commemorate his wars in Parthia and Arabia. The three Corinthian columnsinthe leftforeground areremains ofthe Temple of Vespasian. At the extreme right is the Temple of Faustina (see also page 598). The Column ofPhocas, standing before theRostra, or orator's tribune, may be glimpsed through the columns of the Temple of Saturn.