Triumphal Arch

Definition

The triumphal arch was a type of Roman architectural monument built all over the empire to commemorate military triumphs and other significant events such as the accession of a new emperor. Celebrated surviving examples of triumphal arches include the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Septimius Severus, both in Rome.

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Timeline

  • 196 BCE
    The earliest known Triumphal Arches are built in Rome by L.Sertinius.
  • 121 BCE
    The first triumphal arch is added to Rome's Forum Romanum.
  • 19 BCE
    Arch of Augustus built in Rome to commemorate victory over the Parthians.
  • c. 81 CE
    The Arch of Titus is built in Rome's Forum Romanum to commemorate the conquest of Jerusalem.
  • c. 200 CE
    The four-way Triumphal Arch of Septimius Severus is built at Lepcis Magna.
  • 203 CE
    The Arch of Septimius Severus is built in Rome's Forum Romanum to commemorate victories over the Parthians.
  • 228 CE
    A triumphal arch is built at Thugga and dedicated to Septimius Severus.
  • c. 298 CE
    Galerius builds a triumphal arch at Thessalonica.
  • c. 315 CE
    Arch of Constantine I built in Rome to commemorate victory over Maxentius in 312 CE.
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