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These two marble sculptures represent a stone version of the “trophy” that was an ornamental display of the captured arms of the defeated foe. Although they became known as the “Trophies of Marius” in reference to now lost “trophies” erected on the Capitoline hill by the Republic general Marius after a victory in 101 BCE, they were in fact found decorating the Alexander Severus- era nymphaeum (fountain) in today’s Piazza Vittorio on the Esquiline Hill. These two impressive sculptures that represent a pile of weaponry around a tree stump decorated with a breastplate were brought to the Capitoline Hill in 1590 CE. An inscription under the base of the sculpture dates the monuments to the Domitianic era.
Find out more about the Capitoline Trophies at https://ancientromelive.org/bridges-general/
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Culture, A. I. f. R. (2020, January 27). Capitoline Trophies (Tropaea Marii) - Ancient Rome Live (AIRC). World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/1918/capitoline-trophies-tropaea-marii---ancient-rome-l/
Culture, American Institute for Roman. "Capitoline Trophies (Tropaea Marii) - Ancient Rome Live (AIRC)." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 27, 2020. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/1918/capitoline-trophies-tropaea-marii---ancient-rome-l/.
Culture, American Institute for Roman. "Capitoline Trophies (Tropaea Marii) - Ancient Rome Live (AIRC)." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 27 Jan 2020. Web. 01 Aug 2021.