The Roman Forum (in Latin Forum Romanum, although the Romans referred to it more often as Forum Magnum or simply Forum) is an archaeological area of Rome enclosed between the Palatine Hill, the Campidoglio, Via dei Fori Imperiali and the Colosseum, consisting stratification of the remains of those buildings and monuments of heterogeneous eras which for most of the ancient history of Rome represented the political, legal, religious and economic center of the city of Rome, as well as the nerve center of the entire Roman civilization. (wiki)