Arch of Septimius Severus

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Arch of Septimius Severus

The reconstruction of the Arch of Septimius Severus is part of the large and complex reconstruction of the area around the Imperial Fora. The definition of this monument on an urban scale is ideal for bird’s eye views, particularly spectacular in this area which includes some of the most famous monuments in the ancient city.

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Arch of Septimius Severus

The monument is situated in the area of the Imperial Fora, between the Curia and the Rostra. It is an arch with three barrel vaults, built in 203 AD. On the two sides of the attic there is an inscription that refers to Septimius Severus and Caracalla. The decoration represents the crucial moments of the war against the Parthians: the conquest of Nisibis; the attack on Edessa with machines of war; the conquest of  Seleucia; the submission of the Parthians to the emperor; the attack on Ctesiphon and the conquest of the city by the Romans. These decorations seem to reproduce places and events with a certain precision, supporting the hypothesis that Septimius Severus had sent home from the East pictures representing his victories and that these were then used as models for the composition of the sculptures decorating the arches.

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