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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.

In the gardens of the house, No. 12 via del Nazareno, is another arch in the line of the aqua Virgo, which spanned an ancient street, and is also called arcus Claudii. (Platner)

Pictorial Dictionary notes
1997.08.23

Arcus Novus, Piranesi interchanges this with the Arcus Divi Claudii.



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