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Arcus Novus

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jeffrey Becker Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Oct 30, 2021 12:02 PM History
A now-lost arch on the ancient Via Lata. It was dedicated to Diocletian either in 293 CE (marking the occasion of his decennalia) or in 303-304 (joint triumph with Maximian). The present church of Santa Maria in Via Lata occupies the site of the arch.

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The Arcus Novus relied on reused sculptural reliefs (spolia) that likely were taken from the Ara Pietatis. Elements of the nearby Temple of the Sun were also perhaps coopted. By order of Innocent VIII, the arch was demolished in 1491. Fragments of relief sculpture were discovered in 1523 and eventually passed into the ownership of the Medici family, with some fragments making their way to the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy. The Diocletianic arch also reused relief sculpture from the Antonine period. These fragments also came to be owned by the Medici and were incorporated into the facade of the Villa Medici in Rome.

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Jeffrey Becker, 'Arcus Novus: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 <> [accessed: 21 September 2023]

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