Foundations of Rome

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MLA Citation:

Domitian, Emperor of Rome (Roman, 51-96), patron. Via Sacra, Arch of Titus, general view. 1st century, Image: May 2000. http://library.artstor.org.ez-proxy.brooklyn.cuny.edu:2048/asset/AROGERSIG_10312566519. Web. 27 Nov 2017.

The image shown above represents foundations of Rome. In art history, we discussed the arch of Constantine which is located in Rome, Italy. The image shown above is very similar to the arch of Constantine, they’re both created from concrete and has an arch adorning the center of the foundation. Besides that arch, another aspect that was discussed in art history, was the columns. Here, the arch has two corinthian columns besides the arch which serves for decorative purposes as well as a support system.

“The envoys argued that cities too, like everything else, start from the most humble beginnings, that great wealth and a great name are achieved by those cities that are helped by their own valor and the gods” This quote taken from Livy Book 1 page 6. What ties the quote to the picture is that the idea of architecture helping a city present their wealth. It seems that arches, columns and huge architectural monuments in general are a great way of showing off wealth and how grand a city can be. What is different about this literary piece and the image presented above is that these architectural pieces aren’t created by gods.

The artist/creator of this architectural piece added corinthian columns as well as a large arch to possibly show entry into a city the creator values. These details show how ancient roman work is incorporated into modern works. It seems that the fundamentals of building a sturdy yet visually pleasing architectural piece is important and interesting to the artist and the homework text commemorates the contributions that brave gods made while creating an extraordinary city.

Sunzida, team Athena