|As the political, economic, and religious center of Pompeii, the Forum included temples, municipal buildings, law courts, and markets--a fish and wool market, for example. An arcade ran around three sides of the rectangular Forum.|
The Arch of Caligula just outside the Forum
Remaining columns of the Arcade which bordered three sides of the ForumThe photograph on the right was taken about 20 years earlier than the one in the center.
Temple of JupiterOn the north, this temple is a focal point with arches flanking it. Vesusvius, now with two cones, is in the background.
Left and center: views of the high podium and remaining columns of the Temple of Jupiter; right: entry into the Forum with the side and rear of the Temple of Jupiter
The BasilicaThis important public building was the center of economic life and the seat of the law courts.
Fish and wool markets were situated in the ForumThe fresco on the right was in the fish market.
Decorative designs in the wool market
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