Hadrianic roundels on the north face--left, the left side; center, the right sideThese roundels are about 40 inches in diameter
Roundels on the north face, left
|The left hand roundel depicts an emperor hunting a wild boar. This subject emphasizes the virtue of the hunter, typically involved in the chase, and also appears in Roman sarcophagi. The other roundel depicts Constantine (a recut head) sacrificing to the god Apollo|
Hadrianic roundels, north face, right side depicting sacrifices to the various gods with porphyry inlays mostly intactNote the halo to signify the sacred character of the emperor in the central figure, middle image.
Hadrianic roundels, south face, left and rightLeft: a hunting party leaving the city and a sacrifice to a god; center: bear hunting and a sacrifice to a god/goddess?
Trajanic relief in the passagewayThe image of the Roman rider rearing over a fallen enemy recurs in heroic imagery.
Details of the central arch with the winged Victories holding trophies.The side arches also have spandrel figures, including personifications of river deities.
Details of molding
Battle relief on the high pedestal of one of the end columns
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