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

Arcus Domitiani: an arch, attributed to Domitian by Boni, has been recently discovered on the clivus Palatinus, not far below the state apartments of the domus Augustiana; Boni in Illustrazione Italiana, 1918, I.373‑375).

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Nothing is preserved but the concrete foundations of the two piers (which were obviously wide enough to admit of lateral openings), the pavement of the road which passed through the central arch, and some architectural fragments; and it would be natural to suppose it to have been destroyed after his death (cf.Equus Domitiani). The character of the concrete, however, seems to point to an Augustan date (AJA 1923, 400; Mem. Am. Acad. V.120) and if this is so, the position of the arch, which blocks the entrance to what Hülsen believes to be the precinct of the temple of Apollo (supra, p 18) may be used as evidence against his identification (cf.p 168). It should also be noticed that the road through it is blocked by brick walls of the Domitianic period only a short distance to the south of it, so that it was clearly not built by Domitian.

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