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The arch is one of the most quintessential features of Roman architecture. It appears in aqueduct arcades, bridges, and many monumental structures like free-standing amphitheaters, stadiums, etc. Although the Romans didn’t create the arch, they certainly perfected its use in their constructions. Possibly the Romans were first exposed to the arch by the Etruscans (as indicated by the early archaeological record).

From Platner & Ashby’s (1929) Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome:

Arcus Drusi:  erected by the senate some time after 9 B.C. in honour of the elder Drusus. 

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It was of marble, adorned with trophies, and stood on the via Appia, probably a little north of its junction with the via Latina. It seems to have given its name to the Vicus Drusianus and is probably the arcus Recordationis of the Einsiedeln Itinerary (11.3; 13.24; cf. Mon. L. I.515; DAP 2.ix.416).

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Cite this page as: Darius Arya, The American Institute for Roman Culture, “Arco di Druso (Arch of Drusus)” Ancient Rome Live. Last modified 03/28/2022.


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