Arch of Caracalla, Cuicul (Djémila)

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Carole Raddato
published on 10 February 2023

The arch of Caracalla (r. 211-217 CE) at Cuicul (modern Djémila in Algeria) marked the western entrance to the Severan Forum and the city itself. It was erected in 216 CE by the inhabitants of Cuicul in honour of the reigning Roman emperor Caracalla, his mother Julia Domna (160-217 CE), and his deceased father Septimius Severus (r. 193-211 CE). The arch, with a single span, is 12.5 m tall and 10.6 m wide, with a façade embellished by Corinthian columns and niches which once had statues. Above is a dedicatory inscription and three individual pedestals that supported the statues of the members of the imperial family.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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