Trajan's Forum; Beauty in the Heart of RomeLocated across the via (common Latin term for "road" or "way", as in Via Appia) from the Primary Roman Forum, Emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus, or Trajan, as an English-speaker would call him, developed this incredible work for the people of Rome during the turn of the second century CE. As will be mentioned in a later post, the Forum Romanum was not only the epicenter of Rome the city, but Rome the empire. Within the walls of this open space laid various temples, market places, and the Senate house. However, by the time of Trajan, this forum had become much too overcrowded. This problem had been solved before by emperors like Caesar, Nerva, and Augustus, but never on such a magnificent scale and never with such a significant attempt to make its patron immortal.