Inscription, Arch of Constantine I

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Inscription, Arch of Constantine I

The inscription which appears on both sides of the Arch of Constantine I in Rome. Dedicated in 315 CE, the triumphal arch celebrates the emperor's victory over the Roman tyrant Maxentius in 312 CE. The inscription reads:

IMP CAES FL CONSTANTINO MAXIMO
P F AUGUSTO SPQR
QUOD INSTINCTU DIVINITATIS MENTIS
MAGNITUDINE CUM EXERCITU SUO
TAM DE TYRANNO QUAM DE OMNI EIUS
FACTIONE UNO TEMPORE IUSTIS
REM PUBLICAM ULTUS EST ARMIS
ARCUM TRIUMPHIS INSIGNEM DICAVIT

To the emperor Flavius Constantine the Great
pious and fortunate, the Senate and People of Rome
because by divine inspiration and his own greatness of spirit
with his army
on both the tyrant and all his
faction at once in rightful
battle he avenged the State
dedicated this arch as a mark of triumph.

(Claridge, 308)

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About the Author

Mark Cartwright
Mark is a history writer based in Italy. His special interests include pottery, architecture, world mythology and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share in common. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the Publishing Director at AHE.

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Cartwright, M. (2013, June 09). Inscription, Arch of Constantine I. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/1267/

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Cartwright, Mark. "Inscription, Arch of Constantine I." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified June 09, 2013. https://www.ancient.eu/image/1267/.

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Cartwright, Mark. "Inscription, Arch of Constantine I." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 09 Jun 2013. Web. 04 Apr 2020.

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