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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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  • Less famous than that of Constantine, but equally beautiful and imposing. Located at the top of the Forum, is dedicated to the victory that the Emperor conducted against the Parthians, then expanding the Empire to the East. At sunset is breathtaking
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  • Between the arches of the Roman Forum is what perhaps most underwent over time, as evidenced by the abrasion of the reliefs, but always remains a beautiful structure. Erected between 202 and 203 and dedicated to the Emperor Septimius Severus and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta to celebrate his victory over the Parthians, in 195 and 197-198, has as its scenic backdrop the wall of the Capitol. Nice!
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  • Just got this bow three arches which was dedicated to the Emperor victorious over the Arabs and on Parts, then a beautiful page of story told by graven images. However the context where it is located is not really the best to admire him; place at the beginning of the Via Sacra is virtually surrounded by a rough area, full of weeds and shrubs and the inevitable building site, all does not make about this superb monument.
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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