It has been argued that Trajan coins
depict a single Arch. While there may have been a single Arch at some time
in the past, and an Arch was removed for the procession of Nero from the
south into the Circus, Domitian created the Titus monuments and the Arch
in the Circus well before the time of Trajan. The Arch of Titus had three
bays in the time of Severus and at the time of the Luni Mosaic. Therefore,
the Arch in the Circus would seem to have been a three-bay arch at the
time of the creation of all later coins regardless of artist's interpretation.
Nero died in the year 68.
|Study for the Arch
In building his Rome model, Gismonodi
could not have referenced the Luni mosaic; as it was discovered sometime
The Luni Mosaic appears to have
an arch depicted in the entablature of the attic - a possible solution
for the coins. Of course, the coins show a side view and could easily be
depicting the single large center arch, regardless.
It would be interesting to know
what had been in place between the time of Nero and the time of Domitian,
some 25 years. The new Arch of Titus would have been a certain contrast.
Gismanodi Model in Rome
Arch of Titus in the Forum
Arch of Titus in the Circus
Symmetry from horizontal layers
Basic Outline is seen according
to the Luni Mosaic
Ben Damsky's coin image kindly provided by BEN DAMSKY
|United States Coordinator
copyright © 2008 Robert Cole
Model of Rome, Museo della Civilia Romana, Rome
of the Caesars, Dal Maso. Scale of seating (after P. Ciancio Rossetto)
from ERRATA to the text and reprint of the Luni Mosaic reproduced from
Roman Circuses, Arenas for Chariot Racing, Humphrey, John H. 1986; permissions
from University of California Press. Kugelspiel pictures are extracted
from Porphyrius the Charioteer, Alan Cameron, Oxford at the Clarendon Press.
Oxford University 1973