The Arch of Septimius Severus at the northwest end of the Roman Forum is a white marble triumphal arch dedicated in AD 203 to commemorate the Parthian victories of Emperor Septimius Severus and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta, in the two campaigns against the Parthians of 194/195 and 197–199.Use our Rome trip planner to arrange your visit to Arco di Settimio Severo and other attractions in Rome.
After the death of Septimius Severus, his sons Caracalla and Geta were initially joint emperors. Caracalla had Geta assassinated in 212; Geta's memorials were destroyed and all images or mentions of him were removed from public buildings and monuments. Accordingly, Geta's image and inscriptions referring to him were removed from the arch.
The arch was raised on a travertine base originally approached by steps from the Forum's ancient level. The central archway, spanned by a richly coffered semicircular vault, has lateral openings to each side archway, a feature copied in many Early Modern triumphal arches. The Arch is about 23 metres in height, 25 metres in width and 11.85 metres deep.
The three archways rest on piers, in front of which are detached composite columns on pedestals. Winged Victories are carved in relief in the spandrels. A staircase in the south pier leads to the top of the monument, on which were statues of the emperor and his two sons in a four-horse chariot, accompanied by soldiers.
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Septimius Severus Arch is a triumphal arch located in the southwestern part of the Roman Forum in Rome, erected in 203 in honor of Septimius Severus and his sons. It commemorates the emperor's... more »
Triumphal arch dating back to 203AD. It was built in honor of Septimius Severus and his two sons in their victories over the Parthians. It is interesting to note that after Severus died, one son... more »
Perhaps the most iconic, triumphal arch from the ancient world. More proportionately perfect than Titus' (too slight) or Constantine's (too hefty); only that in Orange in France rivals it ..
The arch of Septimus. Well preserved.
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