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Arco di Constantino

Constantine built this arch to mark his tenth year in power. He placed it near the end of the Via Triumphalis, the route taken by triumphal processions. Most of the Arch's decorative work was taken from structures built by previous emperors, suggesting that Roman art had entered a phase of decline. Thus the eight rectangular reliefs on both sides of the upper portion originally adorned a structure dedicated to Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180) and the portrait of the emperor was recut with Constantine's likeness. Also plundered from other monuments were the round medallions over the lateral arches (four oneach side).

Last Revised September 28, 2007

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