The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum) was originally a market place but became a place for politics, and public and private business. It is believed that before the Romans built their city, the area of the forum was a burial area (8-7th C. B.C.). Marcus Terentius Varro (116 B.C. – 27 B.C.) explains that the name of the Forum Romanum comes from the Latin verb conferrent.