Forum Columns

      In front of the Building of Eumachia stands several Doric columns, rebuilt by archeologists from the pieces scattered about when the Forum was uncovered. The bricks were added as a partial restoration of what was once part of the arcade which surrounded 3 sides of the Forum. There was an upper set of smaller Ionic columns (seen on the opposite side of the Forum in the photo with the cute kids at the bottom of the Home Page). The horizontal shelf above the columns is called the trabeation or entablature. The lowest portion, called the architrave, contains a Latin inscription. In the photo we see how the trapezoid blocks of stone were placed without mortar by alternately angling the bevels. The stone above each column supports the stone placed in the space between the columns.
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