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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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  • See details this triumphal Arc de Triomphe Rome are nice, but quite interesting. Will be very closely watched, but bring binoculars, look towards the top is recommended. I thought strong stout is a delicate aspects.
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  • This great triumphal arch was erected in memory of 203 Rome's victories over the Arabs and Parthians in Mesopotamia in 195 and 197-198. The reliefs in the arch shows the campaign and entry to Rome. The arch stands in the north-eastern corner of the Roman Forum. For many centuries, the arch been partly buried by a protective soil layer, and is so well preserved.
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  • There are a few ancient triumph arches in Rome.This isn't the most beautiful nor the ugliest but is one of the the best preserved structures in Roman Forum area.Nice decorated. 
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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