Taps Coogan – September 6th, 2020
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An old photo of the Arch of Constantine, from 1870.
The arch is the largest and last surviving triumphal Roman arch. It was dedicated in 315 AD, though may have simply been a retooling of an arch originally been built during the time of Hadrian, perhaps even prior. It now commemorates Constantine’s victory over Maxentius during the Civil Wars of the Tetrarchy. Granting a triumphal arch for victory against fellow Romans during a civil war was once unthinkable in Rome but by Constantine’s era few cared much about such niceties.
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