Forum of Nerva
Forum of Nerva
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Mairwen1
By Mairwen1
On the Way to the Colosseum…
4.0 of 5 bubblesJun 2022
There’s not a lot left of this forum which was built mostly by the Emperor Domitian and completed by the Emperor Nerva in 97AD. Only a fairly small part of the Minerva Temple remains. What you see here is a couple of fluted Corinthian columns, a small sculpture of the goddess, Minerva with helmet and shield and a section of frieze with detailed but eroded scenes. Nevertheless it is worth a quick look mainly because it is very close to the Colosseum and it can be easily seen from the public footpath. If you are walking along the Via dei Fori Imperiali (the street of the Imperial Forums) towards the Colosseum, you’ll pass right by it on the left hand side of the road. Even with a close-up view, the details are still quite worn-down so it helps to know something about the temple beforehand. Originally it would have stood on a tall podium, with 6 columns on the facade but the collapse of the Roman Empire and the common practice of stripping older sites for building material destroyed most of what was once here, leaving just these bare remains. 
Perhaps the most interesting feature is the frieze which shows repeated images of women spinning and weaving (Minerva was the goddess of crafts). Originally, it also told the story of Arachne & Minerva, although very little of this bit ids left. Arachne was a young woman who so proud of her weaving that she foolishly thought she could challenge Minerva to a contest. She shouldn’t have messed with the gods. Poor Arachne was never going to be a winner. Peeved, Minerva spitefully turned her into a spider, dooming her to spin webs in dark places forever and leaving us with the word ‘arachnid’ for spider.
Emperor Domitian was the real founder of the Forum of Nerva.
4.0 of 5 bubblesApr 2021
The Forum of Nerva was built in the 1st century AD, it had the shape of a rectangular corridor that connected the Suburra (current Monti district) to the Roman Forum, and for this transit function, it was also called "Transitorium". In this area the Temple of Minerva stood out, unfortunately only ruins have survived, since its materials were used for the construction of other monuments (in particular the Acqua Paola fountain on the Janiculum), as it was customary in the past centuries. Among the few remaining ruins, the two splendid fluted columns called the "Colonnacce" stand out. The columns are over 10 meters high and have Corinthian capitals on which rests a part of the attic in which the splendid bas-relief depicting the goddess Minerva stands out. On the frieze are visible other depictions of female work activities. The area was occupied mainly by commercial buildings and by the perimeters of the two gigantic apses on the southern side of the Forum of Augustus. In its subsoil ran the Cloaca Maxima, a monumental sewer pipe that tradition traces back to the time of the kings of Rome, more exactly to the sixth century BC: it came from the Suburra, crossed the Roman Forum and the Velabrum and flowed into the Tiber, immediately after the 'Tiber Island'. Emperor Domitian was the real founder of the Forum of Nerva. On the basis of the data of recent excavations and the information provided by experts in archaeology, it is possible to establish that the transformation of this stretch of the Argiletum into a Forum took place by the emperor Domitian and that perhaps already in the years 85-86 the new complex must have assumed a very specific shape. However Domitian was assassinated in 96 and thus he could not inaugurate his new Forum, which was instead done in 97 by his successor, namely Nerva (96-98 AD), from whose name the Forum takes its name and and it is known for. A must see!

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kmtrixi
Oshawa, Canada101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Across the street from the Roman Forum are the following Le Colonnace, Forum of Nerva, Forum Augustus, Hall of Colossus, Casa Dei Cavaleri Di rodi and Trajan Forum. A lot of this area is still under Archeological dig, but they have seating so you can look and observe.
Written June 11, 2019
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,205 contributions
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May 2019 • Solo
When you are walking through The Imperiali Forum and start at Trajan’s Column, at the other end, you will get to The Forum of Trajan. When I took a photo, there was a lot of scaffolding, so I didn’t get “The Colonnacce” as well as I wanted. I remember that it was in good condition and must have been a grand entrance to the forum. According to the internet, this 25 meter section is all that remains of the entire structure that enclosed the whole Imperali forum. Caesar Nerva was well qualified with family members in politics and a lot of experience as a diplomat and advisor before finally being elected Emporer by the Senate. Since, he only had a very short reign, I’m not sure why Nerva is included with The Good Emporers.
Written June 27, 2019
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,491 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Couples
This is one of the Imperial Forums which line Via Fori Imperiali, across from the Roman Forum. This forum had a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva, ruins of which can be see today. Like the other Imperial Forums, this forum is viewed from the street. Other than the remains of a monumental doorway to the temple, little stands today.
Written February 15, 2015
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,646 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Family
This is an impressive part of the Forum, and worth checking it. It is very picturesque. Worth checking out
Written July 4, 2019
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SuperTed19
Madison, WI742 contributions
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May 2019 • Couples
Good views of this forum can be seen from the upper levels of Trajan’s Market.

Note: there is no public access.
Written June 1, 2019
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darrencymru
Cheshire, UK79 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Couples
It’s really hard to take in the scale of the number of buildings on this site a number of which are very well preserved.
The lines to get in can be long. The queue tends to be shorter away from the main entrance. There’s a second entrance along the road just past the traffic signals.
Written February 11, 2019
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,387 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Couples
This complex was built by Domitian but was inaugurated by Nerva after the death of Domitian in 97 AD. This location was also known as “transitorium”, is located between the forums of Augustus and Caesar. As with the forum of Augustus, most of this forum lies buried under via dei Fori Imperiali. What remains to be seen is the ruins of Temple of Minerva, two tall Corinthian columns of the colonnade. Atop the columns is a bas-relief of the Goddess Minerva. Along the frieze is a detailed story in relief.
Written June 28, 2018
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,501 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Friends
This is a small forum finished during emperor Nerva. It is also located at Via dei Fori Imperiali before the forum of August and you can see it from street.
Written April 14, 2018
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,867 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Couples
Located behind the statue of Emperor Nerva (his short reigned from 96-98 AD was not easy as he had little control over the army and had big financial/money problems) is the remans of his forum, Nerva was the fourth of the five to be built. There is not a lot left of the small but grand structure, however, looking at before and after photos, helps us appreciate the ruins more.
Written February 8, 2018
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,982 contributions
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Jun 2017 • Couples
Forum of Nerva is another Imperial Forum belonging to emperor Nerva. You can see it from street level, from the Via dei Fori Imperiali. Not a great deal to admire, so you can look while walking, on your way to the next site you are visiting, probably in the Piazza Venezia.
Written October 25, 2017
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