A food market in a building as a smaller version of a forum, probably associated with a specific trade.
A macellum (plural: macella) is an ancient Roman indoor market building that sold mostly provisions (especially fruits and vegetables). The building normally sat alongside the forum and basilica, providing a place in which a market could be held. Each macellum sold different kinds of produce, depending on local availability, but it was not uncommo...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macellum
(from the article `architecture, Western`) ...meat and vegetables. For the latter kind of commerce, however, structures architecturally distinct from the forum though superficially similar ...Found on http://www.britannica.com/eb/a-z/m/3
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