Arch of Constantine, Rome

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    Arch of Constantine

    by Polly74 Updated Jun 24, 2005

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    It is the greatest of the three Roman triumphal arches. It is 25 meters high. It was built during a period in which Rome began its decline in favour of Constantinople, that is the reason why, as Roman wealth had lowered, the arch was realized with marbles taken out from ancient buildings and preexisting monuments.
    In its composition statues and decorations, originally located elsewhere, were also set. All the materials were used to create polychromatic effects. The different elements, all together, either artistically or historically, make it highly representative of Roman architecture.
    On the wall, in front of the Coliseum, you can see, in fact, the representation of Mark Aurelius struggling against the Dacians; on the opposite side, you can see episodes of the battles fought by Mark Aurelius and Constantine.

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    Arch of Constantine

    by Julius_Caesar Written Feb 3, 2005

    This triumphal arch was dedicated in 315 A.D. to celebrate Constantine’s victory over his co-emperor, Maxentius. It bears statues of Dacian prisoners taken from Trajan’s Forum and reliefs of Marcus Aurelius, including one where he distributes bread to the poor. Inside the arch are reliefs of Trajan’s victory over the Dacians.

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    Arch of Constantine

    by Blatherwick Written Dec 29, 2004

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    The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch, erected 315 AD to commemorate the triumph of Constantine I after his victory over Maxentius in the battle at the Milvian Bridge in 312 AD.

    The arch is the largest of only three such arches to survive in Rome today. The two others are the Arch of Titus and the Arch of Septimius Severus, both in the nearby Forum Romanum.

    The monument is not mentioned by any ancient source, but it is clearly identified by the inscription. The year of dedication is written on the arch itself: "Votis X".

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    by kentishgirl Updated Nov 1, 2004

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    The Arch Of Constantine stands proudly alongside the Colloseum, on this trip there were actually bars around it to protect it (im sure it was not like this in 97??).

    The arch was built to honour Constantine with his victory over Maxentius in AD312.

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    THE ARCH OF CONSTANTINE

    by tanianska Updated Sep 20, 2004

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    It's unfortunate that this impressive arch stands next to the Colosseum, for, naturally, anything in the vicinity of the Colosseum will be dwarfed by the comparison. Yet this is unfair with regard to the Arch of Constantine. It's one of the largest arches built by the Romans, is well preserved and features some very fine sculptures. Luckily its proximity to the Colosseum brings the idle wanderer over to find out what it is and be rewarded by what it offers.
    Constantine was the emperor who brought a semblance of peace to a Rome that had been fraught with civil war on and off for a hundred years. He gained power by defeating the emperor Maxentius in the famous battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 CE. The arch was built for Constantine by the Senate and people of Rome in 315 CE to commemorate his victory over Maxentius.
    The arch has three portals and is richly decorated with statues and carved reliefs, though many of them were pillaged from earlier structures. The four statues around the upper story were from a monument of Trajan's time and represent Dacian warriors against whom Trajan had fought a successful war. The panels between them come from monuments built for the emperor Marcus Aurelius, while the medallions (between the portals and the upper story) come from Hadrian's time (117-138).
    The reliefs that were executed expressly for the arch tell of episodes from the life of Constantine. These works, which form a band around the monument, can easily be differentialted from the earlier sculptures by their lack of realism -- the standards of artisanship had declined during the continual civil wars of the previous century.

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    by kazander Written Jun 30, 2004

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    The Arch of Constantine is located in the great square of the Colusseum. It was the last monument to be built here in 312AD.
    It was decorated with scuptures and reliefs taken from other monuments, of Trajan ,built in 98-117 AD, of Hadrian, built in 117-138 AD, and Macus Aurelius, built in 161-180 AD.

    The White building in the background is Il Vittoriano, built in 1925. It's nickname is "the Wedding Cake" Not everyone in Rome is a big fan of this elaborate Building

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    by Webboy Updated Feb 17, 2004

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    The Arch of Constantine sits between the Coliseum and the entrance to the Roman Forums.

    To our eyes, Arch of Constantine is yet another impressive Roman Structure that has you wondering how on earth they managed to create it. However, I have read that the Arch of Constantine apparently shows, and I quote "the deterioration of the arts during the late stages of the Roman Empire".

    Looking at it, you find this hard to believe, but the Arch of Constantine is apparently built using parts taken from other monuments and structures from around the city, because Rome was apparently running out of good sculptors who could come up with original ideas!

    It supposedly contains parts taken, for example, from the Forum of Trajan and a temple dedicated to Emporer hadrians lover!

    Neverthess, the Arch of Constantine is still impressive, and worth a walk around if you are in the area.

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    by tompt Written Jan 24, 2004

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    This arch is erected in 315AD in honour of Constantine, to celebrate the victory over Maxentius in the battle of Ponte Milvio (312 A.D.).

    It is the largest triumphal arch preserved in Rome (almost 25 meters). It is an example of the practice of stripping ancient monuments for materials to build new ones. There are original Constantinian elements, reused sculptures and architectural elements coming from monuments of Trajan, Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius. The arch was completed with precious pictorial and metal decorations. The dominating colours were gold and purple, the colours of the Empire. The arch itself was also victim of the stripping...

    In the middle ages it was transformed into a fortification tower by the monks of St. Gregory and later incorporated into the Frangipane fortress, the arch was restored several times and finally brought out into the open in 1804.

    It stands freely next to the Coloseum.

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    The Arch of Constantine

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 29, 2003

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    The People and Senate of Rome built this arch out of pre-existing materials in 315 AD for both the tenth anniversary of the great emperor, and in honour of his victory over Maxentius at the battle of Ponte Milvio in 312.
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    The Coliseum and the Arch of Constantine..

    by Kodi01 Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    The Coluseum is to the right of this picture of the Arch of Constantine.

    The Arch was erected in honor of the Emperor Constantine after the battle to defeat Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge in 315 AD.

    Rome was founded on April 21st, 753 B.C. by Romulus and Remus, the twins born from Vestal Virgin Rhea Silvia and God Mars.

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    Arch of Constantine

    by martin_nl Written May 22, 2003

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    Right next to the Colisseum is this magnificient looking arch of Constantine. In my opinion it is the most beautiful arch of Rome. There are so many little details that you can really spend some time by looking at all of them. The arch was built for Constantine by the Senate since he defeated his rival Maxentius in 312. Since there was little time to complete the immense structure the Senate reused parts of earlier monuments of the reigns of Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius and Trajan.
    After having defeated Maxentius, Constantine moved to Trier in Germany. Three years later he came back to Rome to celebrate his tenth anniversary of his ascent to power, and to inaugurate the arch.

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    The Arch of Constantine

    by Patricialuv Updated May 15, 2003

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    Here's the Arch of Constantine, which is right next to the Coliseum. It's like a triumphal arch, such as the Arch of Titus.
    It's pretty big, although it seems so small when it is located right next to the Coliseum.

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    Grandest Arch in Rome

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    If you go to the Colosseum, you can't miss the Arch of Constantine between you and the Palatine. This great memorial arch to the victories of Constantine the Great is a fitting complement to the ruined but still greatest amphitheater of ancient Roman still in existence. It disputes the right of most ornate memorial or triumphal arch with that of Septimius Severus in the Forum.

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    by Packerman Written Dec 31, 2002

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    This monument is huge! Built in 315 by the Senate three years after Constantine's victory over Maxentius at the Milvian bridge. On the north are the statues of four Dacian prisoners on the upper storey which belonged to a monument erected in honor of Trajan. If you get close enough make sure to take the time to really look at all the handiwork done on this arch.

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    Arch of Constantine

    by Aaron7 Written Sep 18, 2002

    One of the best preserved arches in the city, it was built after Constantine won the battle of Milvian Bridge. He is said to have had a dream before this battle which lead him to convert to Christianity.

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