The Acta Diurna (translated “Daily Events” or “Daily Public Record”) was carved on stone or metal in various public places around Rome. They were put on message boards for people to see in such places as the Roman Forum. Original content included results of legal proceedings, results of trials, and the number of births and deaths in the city.
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Source: William Smith, “Acta,” http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Acta.html (accessed October 25, 2011).
Image Source: “ROMAN FORUM 3 DC7,” http://www.flickr.com/photos/dianachristina7/5328422315/ (accessed October 25, 2011).