C. Densmore Curtis Roman Monumental Arches

ISBN 13: 9781130085242

Roman Monumental Arches

9781130085242: Roman Monumental Arches
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 Excerpt: ... height to the central narrow frieze of the facade. The other reliefs of the spandrels, keys, frieze, passageway, and vaulting correspond in position to those on the Arch of Titus.a No. 34. Ancona (Italy). Although constructed in the same year as the last example, the arch at Ancona offers several differences in point of detail. It is of much smaller and narrower proportions.3 It stands on a high base and is approached by a flight of steps. The columns are Corinthian, and are closer together and 'less engaged than the columns at Beneventum. They rest upon pedestals having common top and bottom mouldings which are carried around the pier (but not through the passageway), and which also project under the plinths of the columns, so that each column has its own pedestal. The impost moulding has no corner supports whatever. The base moulding of the pedestals is not carried through the opening. The narrow archivolt does not reach the architrave except by a disproportionately large keystone, which projects not only above, but also below for several inches and extends through the passageway. The figures which ornamented the ends of the consoles are now much battered. Between each pair of columns on the facades are two shallow brackets, above each of which are three holes with incised connecting lines, which evidently once contained bronze ornaments of some description. On the attic on the side toward the town are three inscriptions,4 two to Plotina and Marcina, and one to Trajan. No. 35. Mactaris I (Tunis).6 The last extant arch of this period is situated in North Africa and introduces several new features of decoration which are peculiar to that region. For various reasons the building of arches in the Roman provinces of Numidia and Mauretania was especially popul...

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