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Arco di Settimio Severo, Rome

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The white marble Arch of Septimius Severus at the northwest end of the Roman Forum is a triumphal arch dedicated in AD 203 to commemorate the Parthian victories of Emperor Septimius Severus and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta, in the two campaigns against the Parthians of 194/195 and 197-199.After the death of Septimius Severus, his sons Caracalla and Geta were initially joint emperors. Caracalla had Geta assassinated in 212; Geta's memorials were destroyed and all images or mentions of him were removed from public buildings and monuments. Accordingly, Geta's image and inscriptions referring to him were removed from the arch.DescriptionThe arch was raised on a travertine base originally approached by steps from the Forum's ancient level. The central archway, spanned by a richly coffered semicircular vault, has lateral openings to each side archway, a feature copied in many Early Modern triumphal arches. The Arch is about 23 metres in height, 25 metres in width and 11.85 metres deep.The three archways rest on piers, in front of which are detached composite columns on pedestals. Winged Victories are carved in relief in the spandrels. A staircase in the south pier leads to the top of the monument, on which were statues of the emperor and his two sons in a four-horse chariot, accompanied by soldiers.
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  • Another splendid chapter of the acts gueeresce it is depicted in this arc that like all other was erected to glorify the Conqueror on duty representing the exploits. Beautiful
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  • In the Roman market will admire anyway. 2000 years of history. and for the record I do not go to Rome; Pulled photos from above from the Palatino Hill at the point of a panoramic view. It seems incredible.
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  • Place in the top tier of the holes, the arch is very well preserved and is dedicated to an emperor, Septimius Severus, not much celebrated, despite successfully led the legions in the East. Majestic but not heavy, due to the asymmetry between the central arch higher and the two lateral ones.
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  • Stunning historic arch that remains standing to this day. A definite must see in the city of Rome.
  • Another arch located within the Roman Forum, it has some great carvings that have withstood the test of time.
  • Beautiful and well-preserved.
  • Ornate arch surviving from the glory days of Rome.
  • Great view from the road leading to Campidoglio. Near the exit from Roman forum