Arch of Septimius Severus (Arco di Settimio Severo)

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This arch was erected in 203 in honor of emperor Settimius Severus and his sons Caracalla and Geta (the name of the latter was deleted from inscription, when Caracalla killed him in 211). The arch is 21m high and 23m large. Inscriptions and four relieves on the minor arches celebrate the victories of Settimius Severus and his sons over the Arabs, Parthians and Adiabenians. Winged victories are inserted in the lunettes of the main and side arches.

Arch of Septimius Severus (Arco di Settimio Severo), Roman Forum
Inside which are four rooms that can be accessed through a staircase. On the two sides of the attic there is a large inscription with a dedication to Septimius Severus and Caracalla. Scenes of the two campaigns against the Partii are represented on the panels above the smaller arches.

On the attic should have been a great bronze quadriga and other bronze decorations had to adorn the short sides. The Arch of Settimius Severus was taken as a model for construction of the Arc du Carrousel in Paris, dedicated to the military victories of Napoleon.

The statue of Marforio in the courtyard of Palazzo Nuovo had been found in the 16th century in the Roman Forum, near the Arch of Septimius Severus.

Arch of Septimius Severus (Arco di Settimio Severo)
Via della Salara Vecchia (Via di San Gregorio)
00186 , Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro) / Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)
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