Here is a look at what is thought to be one of the best examples of a Roman Forum.
In the picture above the camera is facing north by north east.
The Forum was constructed so that Mt Vesuvius dominates its central axis.
ancient Roman cities (as opposed to the modern ones that the Romans are
building today ;-) the forum was the center of activity. There was
a basilica, the center for legal and business matters, a macellum or marketplace
along with various temples where the masses could appeal to their favorite
As you examine the picture above, try to imagine what the forum
would have looked like before that tragic day in 79 AD. ...Paved
with slabs of gleaming white marble. ...The temple of Jupiter at the far
end eclipsing Mt. Vesuvius. ...and people dressed in the buttonless attire
of the day going about their business.