Arch of Septimius Severus

Title

Arch of Septimius Severus

Creator2

Aluzzo, Adrienne (photographer)

Date

0203

Work Location

Italy (nation)
Rome (inhabited place)

Style/Period

Imperial (Roman)

Subject

triumphal arches (memorial arches)
Severus, Lucius Septimius--Emperor of Rome--146-211

Description

View of the Arch of Septimius Severus in Rome, Italy. "The Arch of Septimius Severus was erected in 203 AD in honor of Septimius Severus' tenth anniversary since he took power, the arch is in triumph of his victory over the Parthians in 197 AD, in which after successive battles at Nisibis, Seleucia, Edessa, and Babylon, he finally took the capital of Ctesiphon and annexed the territories of Mesopotamia and Assyria, for this, he took the name, Arabicus Adiabenicus Parthicus, the arch (20.88 m high, 23.27 m wide and 11.20 m deep) is made of travertine and brick and is revetted with Pentelic marble, on the central spandrels of this triple bay arch are representations of winged victories with allegories of the four seasons at their feet, on the minor spandrels, depictions of fluvial allegories are carved; these all are interpreted that Septimius Severus brings victory at all times of year and to all places, the arch is located on the northeast corner of the forum, across from the Parthian Arch of Tiberius and diagonally across the forum from the Parthian Arch of Augustus, effectively associating Septimius Severus with these two Julio-Claudian emperors who also fought in Parthia," from Dartmouth College's Classic's Department website.

Material/Medium

white marble

Measurements

20.88m total in height, 23.27 in width, 11.2 in depth

Reproduction Type

digital photograph

Reproduction Source

jpg

ID Number

2013ita052

Files

2013ita052.jpg
Date Added
June 4, 2013
Item Type
VRA Core
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Citation
“Arch of Septimius Severus,” LTU Digital Images, accessed August 9, 2022, https://ltuimagecollection.omeka.net/items/show/8.