Rome's Forum Boarium
The temples of Hercules and Portunus in the Forum Boarium in Rome were placed on the World Monuments Watch List respectively in 1996 and in 2006. These nominations were followed by WMF engagement in conservation works at the sites, directed by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, thanks to funding from American Express, Robert W. Wilson Challenge to Conserve Our Heritage and Antiqua Foundation. It is of equal importance for WMF to present to the public the two temples, not as isolated monuments, but as an integral part of the wider area of the Forum Boarium, reminders of its role in Roman history. American Express’s support of this volume was secured through WMF’s Sustainable Tourism initiative to assure that the conservation program would lead to the creation of resources for the public to learn about the Forum Boarium and its monuments.