The Markets of Trajan

This complex abutted the Forum of Trajan, one of the imperial fora, was a complex of shops, roads and public spaces. At the ground level of Trajan’s Forum, in a semi-circle, were shops with large doors and small windows above – the typical configuation of Roman stores.
By ascending steps between the shops, one could attain the next level were a road, nicknamed “Pepper Street” in modern times (Via Biberatica), the food court.
The highest two levels are made up of more shops and a large roofed public space called the Aula.
The Markets of Trajan were as sophisticated a set of commercial buildings as ever constructed in the Roman world.

 

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