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Barbarians from the Arch of Septimius Severus

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Title

Barbarians from the Arch of Septimius Severus

Description

Located in the Roman Forum on Via dell'Arco di Settimio, the Arch of Septimius Severus is part of the triumphal procession of victorious military commanders. The reliefs on the pedestal of the columns show the triumph of Septimius Severus in the Parthian Wars. The figures are depicted with Phrygian caps and shaggy hair, characteristic of Roman depictions of barbarians. Roman soldiers walk them forward with their hands behind their backs, their gazes aimed toward the ground. The focus on the defeat of foreign peoples was meant to distract from Septimius Severus' victory in the civil war.

Creator

Commissioned by the Roman Senate; artist unknown

Source

Personal Photographs taken by Jacqueline Crispino

Date

203 AD

Contributor

Jacqueline Crispino

Rights

Public Domain

Format

Marble

Type

Triumphal Arch

Geolocation