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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.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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  • This arch is right at the end of the Roman Forum and hardly any tourist in sight, what a bonus for me. The detailed masonry on this arch are amazing, I could have spent a whole day just looking at the...  more »
  • I have been studying this magnificent Arc de Triomphe both from the Roman Forum and the Capitoline Hill from, and it is really great. Reliefs and innskripsjonene are decorative and well preserved considering that it was erected in the year 203, nearly 2000 years ago. It was built in white marble, innskriptsjonene and reliefs showing the campaign and entry in Rome.
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  • Huge, well decorated and provided. It is very curious to see its foundations, where you can see the ancient paving of the Forum, realizing old which was the place before be built the arch.
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  • ARCH OF SEPTIMIUS This Arch refers to the the Victory of SEPTIMIUS and his two children! Romulus killed Romus and established Roman Kingdom! Google will give more stuff to read
  • Real monument of ancient architecture where you can find images of Roman Legionaries. Excellent source of information on Roman arms and armor.
  • A fantastic monument right in the centre of Rome's historical centre
  • It’s humbling to see such feats of architecture still standing after so many years of ravages.
  • 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

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