Arch of Septimius Severus

Rome, Italy

The white marble Arch of Septimius Severus at the northwest end of the Roman Forum is a triumphal arch dedicated in AD 203 to commemorate the Parthian victories of Emperor Septimius Severus.  and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta.

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.

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Via della Curia 4, Rome, Italy
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Founded: 203 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Sam S. (13 months ago)
This amazing Roman Marble Arch in the heart of ancient Rome!!
Ron Mosocco (14 months ago)
Wow! The Roman Forum was getting crowded (with Arches)! This particular one, the Arch of Septimius Severus is comprised of white marble. It too was a Triumphal Arch dedicated in 203 AD to commemorate and celebrate the victories of Emperor Septimius Severus along with his two sons, Caracalla and Geta over the Parthians. After the death of Septimius Severus, his sons Caracalla and Geta were initially joint emperors. However, soon after, the plotting and jealous Caracalla had Geta assassinated in the 212 AD. He then ordered that all of Geta's memorials, images and mention of him be destroyed. So poor Geta's image and inscriptions were also removed from the arch but his name lives on.
Davide Danti (18 months ago)
This Amazing Roman Marble Arch in the heart of Rome - FORO ROMANO - is a iconic monument of Roman Civilization ❤️
Lucas Storsley (20 months ago)
It was very fun but there were too many fat people there
Marcus Lodwick (2 years ago)
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 ..
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