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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Founded: 203 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Antonio Gogić (7 months ago)
Arch of Septimius Severus, 203 AD. Kr. Made of white marble. Full of interesting details. Some damage due to age, but a good part can be seen, it is well preserved. Near the entrance to the Foro Romano.
Albin Sebastian (9 months ago)
The Arch of Septimius Severus at the northwestern end of the Roman Forum is a white marble triumphal arch dedicated in 203 A.D. 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 A.D. and 197–199 A.D.
Lucian Marin (14 months ago)
Third arch in the area and the most detailed of the all. It glorifies the Roman-Parthian war victory of Septimius Severus and his sons. It's truly a wonder that all these arches survived in such good conditions, while the rest of the buildings almost fell to the ground.
Annamária (20 months ago)
One of my favorite ? Go back to the past a little bit and just walking around here… I was really stunned when I saw this place. I just stayed here and I could watch this monument for long minutes. A monument designed with meticulous care… all I could think about, what it was like when the soldiers returned home from battle passed under the arch… I love antiquity ♥️
Sam S. (3 years ago)
This amazing Roman Marble Arch in the heart of ancient Rome!!
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