Forum of Nerva

Imperial Forums


Also known as the the Transitional Forum for its position between the Forum of Augustus and the Forum of Caesar, it was started under Domitian and completed by his successor Neerva in 98 A.D. Given the limited space, it was made up of a long and narrow piazza at the back of which was the Temple of Minerva. A part of the forum's wall remains: an entablature supported by two columns, known popularly in Rome as “colonnacce” (roughly translated “damned columns”), with the famous bas-relief of the Mito di Aracne, the Myth of Arachne.