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The Roman Forum took its form and shape under the kings, notably the Tarquins, who are credited with filling in and draining with swampland between the Palatine and Capitoline hills.  The conceptualization of the Cloaca Maxima goes back to the forum’s origins.  Early celebratory monuments focused on the achievements of Romulus, according to legend, with the Mundus and Lacus Curtius, and even the Lapis Niger, by the Comitium.   The Temple of Vesta also goes back to the time of the kings, as does the Regia.  All of these structures were lined around the always central piazza of the forum.

What did the Roman Forum look like during the Regal/Archaic Period?

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