Roman Triumphal Arch: North Facade--page 2 (of 3 pages)

Built on earlier foundations, this arch was probably constructed between 21-27 CE.

Although this face of the arch is the best preserved, it too suffered the damage inflicted by cross bowmen, who in the past centuries used it as a shooting range to practice bird shooting.
Several bronze letters have been discovered and they, as well as holes on the face of the arch, have enabled scholars to reconstruct part of the inscription on the north architrave. It is believed that the inscription related to Tiberius and that the arch was reconstructed in his honor.

Low relief depicting Roman battles

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The attic stories

The top story has very low relief engraved cult objects, including the crozier-shaped short staff which augurs carried; below it the more deeply cut relief has navel elements--prows with animal head, anchors, tridents, and the like.

Left side bay with panel of arms

Barely visible on the shield in the center is the name "CAIUS" and elsewhere on this panel are various military objects from swords and plumed helmets to sabers and standards with boar heads.

Right side bay

Similar objects are depicted here as in the left bay. This relief is less well preserved.

Side archway and base of one of the fluted columns flanking the central arch

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