Designed by Hadrian, himself, the double temple to Venus and Roma (the personification of Rome) had ten columns at both ends and twenty columns along the sides. Flanked by colonnaded porticoes which ended in staircases that led down to the Colosseum, where Hadrian had set the Colossus on a new base (and from which the Colosseum takes its name), the temple precinct linked the Forum and the Colosseum and essentially was Hadrian's forum.