The triumphal arch was a type of Roman architectural monument built all over the empire to commemorate military triumphs and other significant events such as the accession of a new emperor. Arches were often erected over major thoroughfares and as the structure had no practical function as a building it was often richly decorated with architectural details... [continue reading]
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A panel from the Triumphal Arch of Titus, erected in c. 81 CE by Domitian to commemorate his brother Titus' campaigns in the Jewish War (70-71 CE). The relief shows the victory procession carying booty from the Temple of Solomon in Jersualem. Forum Romanum, Rome.
The Porte Mars, is an ancient Roman triumphal arch in Reims (Roman Durocortorum, capital of Gallia Belgica) dating from the 3rd century CE. It is the widest arch in the Roman world.
One of the four relief panels and friezes from the arch of Septimius Severus in Rome, 203 CE. The panels, two on each façade, depict battle scenes, seiges, prisoners, and the emperor addressing his troops during his campaigns in Parthia in the last decade of the 2nd century CE.
Roman architecture continued the legacy left by the earlier architects of the Greek world, and the Roman respect for this tradition and their particular reverence for the established architectural orders, especially the Corinthian, is evident in many of their large public buildings. However, the Romans were also great innovators and they quickly... [continue reading]
If there was one thing the Roman people loved it was spectacle and the opportunity of escapism offered by weird and wonderful public shows which assaulted the senses and ratcheted up the emotions. Roman rulers knew this well and so to increase their popularity and prestige with the people they put on lavish and spectacular shows in purpose-built venues across... [continue reading]
Remains of Septimius Severus' Arch in Dougga in North Africa.
published on 30 December 2012
The Arch of Constantine in Rome, built in c. 315 CE to commemorate the Roman emperor's victory over Maxentius in 312 CE. It is the largest surviving example of a Roman Triumphal Arch.
Arch with four sides, dedicated to Septimius Severus and his family. 2nd century CE, Lepcis Magna (Libya)
The Arch of Constantine I, erected in c. 315 CE, stands in Rome and commemorates Roman Emperor Constantine’s victory over the Roman tyrant Maxentius on 28th October 312 CE at the battle of Milvian Bridge in Rome. It is the largest surviving Roman triumphal arch and the last great monument of Imperial Rome. The arch is also a tour de force of political... [continue reading]
The Arch of Septimius Severus, erected in 203 CE, stands in Rome and commemorates the Roman victories over the Parthians in the final decade of the 2nd century CE. The triple triumphal arch was one of the most richly decorated of its type and even today, although badly damaged, it stands in the Forum Romanum as a lasting and imposing monument to Roman vanity.  ... [continue reading]