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Colossus of Constantine

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The Colossus of Constantine was a statue of Constantine I situated in the Basilica of Maxentius. The marble head, hand, arm, and knee of the statue are the only parts that survive today. The importance of Constantine is demonstrated in the hieratic scale of the work: this giant statue solidifies Constantine’s legacy as a ruler, leader, and…

Pantheon

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The Pantheon was originally commissioned during a building campaign on the Campus Martius, in order to function as a temple to all of the Roman gods. It was later rebuilt by Hadrian after being destroyed by a series of fires. The Latin inscription on the entablature of the structure pays homage to Agrippa, who was instrumental in the construction…

Baths of Diocletian

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The Baths of Diocletian were the largest of all public baths in Rome. The complex included frigidarium, caldarium, and gymnasiums. When the site was later repurposed for Christian worship, Michelangelo was tasked with modifying a portion of the space to create Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

Forum of Trajan

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The Forum of Trajan was constructed by Apollodorus of Damascus in 112 AD to commemorate Trajan’s successful conquest of the Dacians. The campaign is immortalized in the reliefs of the Forum’s focal point, the Column of Trajan. The complex included libraries, a temple to Trajan, and the Basilica Ulpia.

Arch of Constantine

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The Arch of Constantine was built by the Roman Senate in 315 AD in honor of Constantine’s successful victory over a faction of rebelling Romans [this is a bit too much taking sides - saying a rival emperor would be more neutral, I think]. The Arch is notable because of its central location, between the Flavian Amphitheater and the Forum Romanum,…