Artist

unknown (Roman (ancient))

Date

203 CE (creation)

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Description

One of the most celebrated triple arches is the massive Arch of Septimius Severus, built in honour of his Parthian victories and situated on a high point of the Via Sacra just below the Capitoline Hill in Rome (20.88×23.27 m; AD 203). It is entirely covered with marble, and its passageways are framed by four free-standing columns on each façade. The columns rest on high plinths that carry reliefs of Roman soldiers and Parthian prisoners. Large relief panels (3.92×4.72 m) illustrating Severus’s victories are placed above the lateral arches. In the spandrels of the lateral arches are reliefs of river gods, and the spandrels of the main arch depict Victories carrying trophies.

Description Source

Grove Art Online; http://www.groveart.com/shared/views/home.html

Culture

Roman (ancient)

Keywords

architectural exteriors, military / war, mythology (Classical), rulers / leaders

Classification

Architecture and City Planning

Work Type

architectural elements; arches

Work Technique

carving; construction

Location

Arch of Septimius Severus (Rome, Lazio, Italy)

Material

marble

Measurements

20.88 x 23.27 m (overall)

Image Rights

© Jesús Escobar

Image Source

Jesus Escobar; fair use

File Type

jpg

Photo Credit

Jesus Escobar

Keywords

architectural exteriors, military / war, mythology (Classical), rulers / leaders

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