Arch of Constantine Rome, Italy

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A prominent sight between the Colosseum and Roman Forum, this elegant triumphal arch was erected in 315 to celebrate Emperor Constantine's victory over his rival Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge.

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Piazza del Colosseo
41.889771° N, 12.490645° E

Description of the Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine occupies a prominent position on the flat ground between the Roman Forum and Colosseum. Measuring almost 21 m high and 25.6 m wide, it has three arches and a heavy main entablature. Its overall design is similar to the Arch of Septimus Severus, though its use of materials is much less consistent than its model. The triumphal arch is covered in reliefs, some new but most recycled from older monuments. It is therefore important not only as a historical monument but as a survey of Roman art in the later empire.


References & Resources

  1. Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 2nd ed.
  2. Blue Guide Rome, 10th ed.

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April 11, 2015