Framing the Sun: The Arch of Constantine and the Roman Cityscape

Marlowe, Elizabeth
June 2006
Art Bulletin;Jun2006, Vol. 88 Issue 2, p223
Academic Journal
The article discusses how the topographical setting of the Arch of Constantine articulated a relation between the military victory of Constantine and the favor of the sun god. In Rome, triumphal arches usually straddled the route of the triumphal procession. Constantine's Arch occupied prime real estate along the Via Triumphalis. The misalignment between the Via Triumphalis and the valley monuments meant that any monument marking the arrival of the road in the piazza would be off axis with one or the other.


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