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by iandsmith

The thing I love about history is the stories. This arch's panels show the military triumphs of the emperor in Parthia (modern day Iraq and Iran) and dates from 203 AD and celebrates the first ten years of his rule.
It was, however, dedicated to his sons, Geta and Caracalla. Showing gratitude later on, Caracalla had his brother killed and embarked on a "damnatio memoriae", whereby all trace of his late brother's name was obliterated. You can clearly see the indentation on the upper portion where this occured.

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  • Written Apr 12, 2003
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