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Arch of Septimius Severus

Local name: Arco di Settimio Severo

Located inside: Roman Forum

Septimius Severus Arch is a triumphal arch erected in 203 to part of the emperor Septimius Severus and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta. The building is to commemorate the victory during the war campaigns in the east.

The white marble arch is about 23 meters high, 25 meters wide and 11.85 meters deep. The gate is decorated with columns in composite order, set on high pedestals decorated with images of captured barbarians. Above the side passages there are reliefs depicting river deities, above which there are panels with reliefs showing allegorical scenes of the triumph of the Roman weapon. Above the central, largest gate were placed goddesses Victoria and personifications of the four seasons.

After Severus' death, Karakalla murdered Geta and ordered his brother to be removed from the monument. The statue of the emperor and his two sons on a four-horse chariot in the company of soldiers who was at the top of the building has not survived to our times.


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    Arch of Septimius Severus map
    Via dell'Arco di Settimio 00186 Rome , Italy