Term Paper: Arch of Constantine

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[. . .] Constantine was the first Christian emperor of Rome, and the arch, although erected to commemorate a military triumph, is more modest in nature to the earlier Roman Pantheon and the Coliseum. Like earlier, more florid displays of Roman architecture, however, the Arch makes substantial use of Greek motifs such as columns and symmetry in its design. The decorative nature of its relief structure and its highly ornamental quality both signal the still-flowering presence of Grecian ornamental influence in Roman architecture, the existence of triumphal Roman military glory, as well as the ambiguity of an end of a pagan era and the introduction of a Christian one.

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Arch of Constantine." Great Buildings Online. Retrieved on March 6, 2004 at http://www.greatbuildings.com/cgi-bin/glk-http://sights.seindal.dk/sight/299.html

Benton and DiYanni. Arts and Culture. New York: Prentice Hall, 1988.

Planter and Ashby. "The Arch of Constantine." From A Topological Dictionary of Ancient Rome. Oxford University Press, Oxford: 1929. Retrieved on March 6, 2004 at http://www.ukans.edu/history/index/europe/ancient_rome/E/Gazetteer/Places/Europe/Italy/Lazio/Roma/Rome/Arch_of_Constantine/home.html

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