Location on Forum Plan

Via Sacra
Lapis Niger
Curia (Senate House)
Basilica Aemilia
Templum Antonini et Faustinae
Basilica Constantini
Templum Veneris et Romae
Arcus Titi
Atrium Vestae
Templum Vestae
Templum Juli
Templum Castoris
Basilica Julia
Templum Saturni
Templum Divi Vespasiani
Templum Concordiae
Lacus Curtius
Miliarium Aureum
Arcus Septimii Serveri
Carcer (Prison)

Arch of Septimius Severus

This triumphal arch was erected in 203 A.D. to commemorate the Roman victory over the Parthians in honor of the emperor Septimius Severus and his sons, Caracalla and Geta. The arch is best remembered for the crime of Caracalla against Geta recorded in the inscription. After Septimius' death, the two brothers became joint rulers. In public they pretended to loved and commend each other, but in reality Caracalla hated his brother. Geta, sensing his brother's ill feelings, was always heavily guarded. Caracalla used their own mother in a scheme to meet Geta unguarded. On the way to a reconciliation meeting, Geta was surrounded and killed by Caralla's men. Caracalla then removed the reference to Geta on the inscription of the Arch of Septimius Severus.

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