The Forum of Augustus is one of the imperial forums of Rome, built by Augustus. Includes the Temple of Mars Ultor. Augustus vowed to build a temple in honor of Mars, the Roman god of war, during the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC. After winning the battle, with the help of Marco Antonio, Augustus had taken revenge for the death of his adoptive father, Julius Caesar. Augustus became the first emperor of Rome in 27 BC. C., and the plans for the construction of the temple began to form.
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The Forum of Augustus (Italian: Foro di Augusto) is one of the Imperial forums of Rome, Italy, built by Augustus. It includes the Temple of Mars Ultor. This landmark was built in 42 BCE.
The Forum of Augustus was built to both house a temple honouring Mars, and to provide another space for legal proceedings, as the Roman Forum was very crowded. Before battle, generals set off from the Temple of Mars, after attending an inaugural ceremony. Other ceremonies took place in the temple including the assumption of the toga virilis by young men. The Senate met at the Temple when discussing war and the victorious generals dedicated their spoils from their triumphs to Mars at the altar. Arms or booty recovered from battle were often stored in the Forum as well.
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