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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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  • August 4, 2017
    Arch of Septimius Severus's White triumph arch in the Roman Forum. This Arc de Triomphe commemorate the victory in the Parthian war, was built. It's great because I've left it securely. The neck gets sore, but unconcerned and Arc de Triomphe, and carved figures, and is interesting.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Very detailed also this arch after the Basilica Julia. We can observe it closely and it is worth
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  • July 11, 2017
    between the forum and the Palatine Hill, overlooking the exit to get to the Coliseum, free the first Sunday of each month.
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  • Arch of Septimius Severus celebrates his victory and of his two sons. eventually one son killed the other and had all mention of the other removed from this arch . very tragic. spend some time looking at this
  • The Forum & the Colosseum literally takes you back in history and lets you imagine and understand the life the royalty of the then Roman Empire experienced. Do wear loose clothing and be ready to walk and walk and walk a lot to enjoy the entirety of the location
  • Yet another gigantic and magnificent remaining from the Roman empire and it is very impressing while standing close to it.
  • The white marble Arch of Septimius Severus (Italian: Arco di Settimio Severo) at the northwest end of the Roman Forum
  • Every time i see a structure like this, i like to think back to the great time of Rome and imagine all the people walking around just where i goes... It's amazing

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