Roman Triumphal Arch: West end and East End--page 3 (of 3 pages)

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

West End

This end is more damaged than the east end. It has been largely reconstructed. Its subjects are similar to those on the east end. (See below.)

East End



Two different guidebooks refer to these marine creatures as Siren, an attribution I find curious since Sirens normally are depicted with wings. These sea creatures on each side of the pediment indicate Roman dominance of the oceans; they may also be reminders of naval victories, particularly Actium, which had become legendary.


Continuous relief

The narrow strip of relief scenes continues from the other sides depicting combat scenes between armed Romans and naked Gauls.


Captives are situated on each side of the arch between columns. Trophies are in the reliefs above their heads-the spoils of victory like shields, lances, trumpets, standards, and fittings for horses.

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