Thursday, March 10, 2005

Constantine raided monuments to Trajan and Hadrian to build triumphal arch

Since so much of the remains of ancient Rome had been stripped of their marble and original ornamentation, I was pleasantly surprised to find the Arch of Constantine in such good condition. The friezes were wonderfully detailed and I took quite a few detail photos of all of the ornamentation. I learned, however, that Constantine, himself, raided the monuments of Trajan and Hadrian to construct this triumphal arch erected to commemorate his victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge in 315 C.E.

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