Detail, Arch of Constantine I

Illustration

Mark Cartwright
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published on 09 June 2013

A detail from the Arch of Constantine I in Rome. Dedicated in 315 CE, the triumphal arch celebrates the emperor's victory over the Roman tyrant Maxentius in 312 CE. The two medallion panels were taken from a now lost monument (130-138 CE) in honour of Hadrian and each is 236 cm in diameter. On the left is a successful lion hunt whilst the right depicts a sacrificial ceremony in honour of Hercules. Below is a 1 m high marble frieze showing a gift-giving ceremony (largito) from c.315 CE. (North fa├žade, right side).



About the Author

Mark Cartwright
Mark is a history writer based in Italy. Surrounded by archaeological sites, his special interests include ancient ceramics, architecture, and mythology. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the Publishing Director at AHE.

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