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FORUM IULIUM the first of the so-called imperial fora, begun by Julius Caesar and designed, not for a market, but to provide a centre for business of other kinds (App. BC ii. 102). The plan of this forum had been conceived as early as 54 B.C., for in that year Cicero and Oppius were engaged in purchasing land for Caesar from private owners, and had already paid sixty million sesterces (Cic. ad Att. iv. 16. 8). More land was acquired afterwards, and the final cost is said to have been one hundred million sesterces, about 1,000,000 pounds (Plin. xxxvi. 103; Suet. Caes. 26), a sum perhaps exaggerated. Work was probably begun in 51, during Caesar's absence in Gaul (Suet. loc. cit.). At the battle of Pharsalus Caesar vowed a temple to Venus Genetrix, the mythical ancestress of the Julian gens, and proceeded to build it in the centre of his forum (App. BC ii. 68-69, 102; iii. 28; Cass. Dio xliii. 22. 2), which thus became in effect a porticus surrounding the temple, a type followed in