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Lepcis Magna: Arch of Septimius Severus (4)


Lepcis Magna: Phoenician colony, later part of the Carthaginian empire, the kingdom of Massinissa, and the Roman empire. Its most famous son was the emperor Septimius Severus (193-211).
 
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Arch of Septimius Severus

This is the Arch of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus in Lepcis Magna seen from the southeast. city itself. The relief in the attic has been discussed over here.

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One of the Victories again.
One final scene from the reliefs on the pier: the twelve Olympian gods.
The original relief, now in the Museum of Lepcis Magna. To the left, Apollo.
A similar relief, on the opposite pier, shows Abundance, the imperial eagle, Juno, Jupiter (modeled on Phidias' Zeus at Olympia), an owl, and Minerva, but it is not hard to see that Juno and Jupiter are dressed like Julia Domna and Septimius Severus. As always on a Roman triumphal arch, the conqueror is shown as equal to the gods.
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