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The Libraries of Trajan’s Forum

The Libraries of Trajan’s Forum

  • Around 112 A.D. the multi-use building complex was completed by Emperor Trajan in the city of Rome.
  • It consisted of plazas, markets, and religious temples as well as a library.
  • Two separate structures housed the library, one for works in Latin, and one for works in Greek and each included large central reading chambers and two levels of bookshelf-lined alcoves containing about 20,000 scrolls.

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