The Arch of Septimius Severus (Italian: Arco di Settimio Severo) at the northeastern 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. After the death of Septimius Severus, his sons Caracalla and Geta were initially joint emperors. Caracalla had Geta assassinated in 212 A.D.; 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 meters in height, 25 meters in width. The arch bears two sets of reliefs. The first set includes four large panels on each face of the attic and the second set consists of eight panels that are set into the inner face of the four archways.
Melvin Michael | Jan 16, 2018
The Septimus Severus Arch, in the Roman Forum. The white marble arch was built by Emperor Septimius Severus and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta, to celebrate their successful campaigns against the Parthians. I think the father also wanted to foster unity among his sons by giving them equal credit. Unfortunately, Caracalla has his own brother Geta killed, and then proceeded to chisel out Geta’s name from the arch. My wife and I were discussing why there was so much killing in those time - when it hit us, human nature hasn’t changed much even today.
Victor | Apr 4, 2018
The Septimius Severus Arch is part of the Roman Forum; now ruins but you could see the beauty of the forums beyond it.
Andrew Kan | Jan 20, 2018
One of the few arches in Rome that are in good condition after thousands of years. Very nice.
Michela Caldara | Mar 27, 2018
The beauty of the Roman Forum bring you back in time!
Stoycho Ganev | Apr 12, 2018
Very impressive and ornate triple Arch at the beginning of the Forum.
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