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Basilica Aemilia (Rome)

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Basilica Aemilia (Rome)

The Basilica Emilia was built in 179 BC. Consuls Marcus Emilie Lepidus and Marcus Fulvius Nobiror. It was a long rectangular building with perimeter columns. The basilica was 100 meters (328 feet) long and about 30 meters (98 feet) wide. On the sides there were two orders of 16 arches, and it could be reached through one of three entrances.

Politicians, businessmen and other prominent figures of Rome gathered here. In a sense, this is an ancient Roman form of lobbying. In addition, published or tax often visited here. They agreed with government officials to collect a certain amount of money and preserve their shares. Not surprisingly, Bible writers hated and despised this particular group of people because their business methods were immoral. The people collecting taxes were hated by the people of ancient Rome everywhere.

A new basilica was built on the site where in the 5th century BC there were meat shops (tabernae lanienae), and in the 4th century bankers (tabernae argentariae) were located. There were two shops near the square. The first basilica was built behind the taverns between 210 BC. and 195-191 BC, the date referred to by Plaft. Archaeological research has shown that this building consisted of three naves, paved with the tuff of Monteverde. The building had a large fa├žade with a portico, which opened onto the Forum Piskatoriy and Macellum (an area then occupied by the Nerve Forum). The basilica was preserved until 410 AD. until the Visigoths capture the city. They burned Basilica Emilia. The heat from the fire was so intense that the coins melted and remained so far in the marble floor.

Basilica Aemilia (Rome)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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