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Arco di Settimio Severo, Rome

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The Arch of Septimius Severus at the northwest end of the Roman Forum is a white marble 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.
The 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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  • Anywhere else in the world you'd have to give this monument a big 5 but in Rome, with two other Triumphal Arches nearby and the whole Roman Forum all around, there's a lot of good stuff.  more »
  • This arch spanning the Via Sacra commemorates the acquisition of new territory and for the victory over the Parti. The arch covered in marble and decorated with many relief panels that depict the impo...  more »
  • Are you even in Europe if there isn’t an ornate triumphal arch? The arch of Severus Septimus is almost 1800 years old and glorifies his reign. It is larger than the arch of Titus which lies in the Rom...  more »
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  • Perhaps the most iconic, triumphal arch from the ancient world. More proportionately perfect than Titus' (too slight) or Constantine's (too hefty); only that in Orange in France rivals it ..
  • The arch of Septimus. Well preserved.
  • One of the Arch's next to forum Romano. It is made of marble and has some statues attached to it. The statues were picked up from other monuments and the face was "rebuild" with the faces of the heroes of that time. The Arch is inside of the Palatine suronded by lots of great and historic monuments. To visit Palatine you need to buy a ticket, which is also sold in the entrance. The visit worth!
  • Here you can "touch" the history..
  • Located at the heart of the ancient Roman Empire in the Forum, it is as spectacular as the place itself.
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