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What is the Arch of Constantine used for?
The Arch of Constantine (Italian: Arco di Costantino) is a triumphal arch in Rome dedicated to the emperor Constantine the Great. The arch was commissioned by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantines victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in AD 312
What was the purpose of the statue that Constantine ordered to be carved and displayed in Rome?
Erected hastily to celebrate Constantines victory over Maxentius, it incorporates sculptures from many earlier buildings, including part of a battle frieze and figures of prisoners from the Forum of Trajan, a series of Hadrianic roundels, and a set of eight Aurelian panels. The Arch of Constantine, Rome.
Why did Constantine reuse sculpture on the Arch of Constantine?
To reinforce this meaning, sculptural elements were taken from earlier Roman monuments and incorporated into the Arch of Constantine. This reuse of materials is known as spoliation, in which spolia (the elements taken from earlier monuments) are appropriated and placed within a new context to fashion new meanings.
What is written on the Arch of Constantine?
For the Emperor Caesar Flavius Constantine the Greatest, pious blessed Augustus, because by inspiration of divinity, in greatness of his mind, from a tyrant on one side and from every faction of all on the other side at once, with his army he avenged the republic with just arms, the Senate and Roman People (SPQR)