Arcus Divi Claudii
There were at least four arches erected on the via Lata which belonged to region VII. Just north of the Saepta the via Lata was crossed by the aqua Virgo, and here Claudius built a triumphal arch, the arcus Claudii, in commemoration of his victories in Britian in 51-52 A.D. The arch formed part of the aqueduct, and seems to have been in ruins as early as the eight century. Coins of the period represent an arch commemorating these victories of Claudius, which is surmounted by an equestrian statue and trophies. Portions of the travertine foundations, inscriptions dedicated to other members of the imperial family, the fragments of reliefs representing military scenes have been found at various times.
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