THE ARCH OF CONSTANTINE
Inspired by the Divine

IAIN FERRIS
160pp 39 COLOUR PHOTOS 2014 LIST PRICE: £18.99 (P) G386

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Next to the Colosseum in Rome stands the Arch of Constantine. Completed AD 312-315, it was built to celebrate ten years of the Emperor Constantine’s reign and his victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. At 69 feet high, it is undoubtedly the most impressive civic monument surviving from the period. Ferris analyses the arch in the context of the emperor’s rule, as well as discussing the reuse of artworks salvaged from older monuments (‘spolia’) in its construction, its complex and impressive decoration, and the use of arches as civic commemorative monuments in the Roman world.