"4th Century Recycling" Arch of Constantine Tip by goodfish

Arch of Constantine, Rome: 75 reviews and 143 photos


This arch is right next to the Colosseum, and commemorates Constantine I's 312 AD victory over his co-ruler, Maxentius, at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. Keep an eye out as you read through my pages as these two fellas will pop up in several other reviews.

The structure spans the Via Triumphalis - a thoroughfare that was used for triumphal processions - and was largely created from borrowed/reworked bits of other buildings. Constantine claimed that his military achievement had been predicted in a vision of the Christian God but while he legalized and promoted the faith, many of the decorative symbols and figures on his arch reflect Roman mythology. The main inscription credits the victory to his "greatness of mind" with a vague mention of divine inspiration which could be applied to many deities. I've read that this may have been a deliberate act of diplomacy at a time when much of Rome still practiced old beliefs. Among other decorations are some statues that came from Trajan's forum, and reliefs depicting scenes from the battle.


Address: Piazza del Colosseo
Directions: CAPITOLINE/PALATINE: between Via di San Gregorio and Piazza del Colosseo and near Palatine Hill and the Forum
Phone: +39 06 0608
Website: http://www.060608.it/en/cultura-e-svago/beni-culturali/beni-archeologici/arco-di-costantino.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 6, 2014
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