The ancient city of Rome converted a prime swath of centrally located land from a marketplace into an area that had tremendous significance to its citizens. It was a place where people gathered and interacted, where discussions, debates, meetings, and other activities took place. This place was called the “Foro Romano,” or Roman Forum.
Forums were critically important to societies of the time — some even date back to independent villages in the prehistoric period. Clearly, the human need for community and social interaction seems baked into our DNA. But there were more reasons for a forum than simply to have a place to people-watch and pontificate about the superiority of Roman theater to the Greek’s. (continued…)