Lego Fun, Vol. XV: The Arch of Septimius Severus

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  1. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Here is my interpretation of the Arch of Septimius Severus in 1 : 75 scale, including the long gone Quadriga carrying Severus and his sons Caracalla and Geta.

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    I still need to print out the famous dedicatory inscription:

    MP · CAES · LVCIO · SEPTIMIO · M · FIL · SEVERO · PIO · PERTINACI · AVG · PATRI PATRIAE PARTHICO · ARABICO · ET PARTHICO · ADIABENICO · PONTIFIC · MAXIMO · TRIBUNIC · POTEST · XI · IMP · XI · COS · III · PROCOS · ET IMP · CAES · M · AVRELIO · L · FIL · ANTONINO · AVG · PIO · FELICI · TRIBUNIC · POTEST · VI · COS · PROCOS · (P · P · OPTIMIS · FORTISSIMISQVE · PRINCIPIBUS) OB · REM · PVBLICAM · RESTITVTAM · IMPERIVMQVE · POPVLI · ROMANI · PROPAGATVM · INSIGNIBVS · VIRTVTIBVS · EORVM · DOMI · FORISQVE · S · P · Q · R

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    And here is a coin to justify this post :)

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    L SEPT SEV PE-RT AVG IMP VIII – Laureate and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus right, seen 3/4 from behind
    ADVENTVI AVG FELICISSIMO S C - Septimius Severus, in military attire, on horse prancing right, raising right hand in salute; in front a helmeted soldier advancing right, looking left, leading the emperor´s horse by holding it´s bridle in right hand and vexillum in left hand
    Sestertius, Rome 196 aD.
    30 mm / 19,06 gr
    RIC 719c (R2); BMCRE 596; Cohen 8 var. (draped and cuirassed, 25 F), CSS 227; Sear 6403, Banti 4 (26 specimens)


    Have a nice week everybody!
     

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  3. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    Excellent !!! :)
    Too bad there is probably no Lego block for Corinthian capital, but the lion heads are OK, they are an excellent substitution.
    One suggestion : you should complete the bronze statues on top of the arch. As we can see from this denarius, there was not only a central six-horses chariot, there were also a standing figure and a horseman on each side...

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    (not my coin of course)

    There is also this hypothetic restitution by Jan Goeree (a Dutch artist c. 1700):
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  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter

    Amazing. Do you still have the other arches you have built?
     
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  5. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    J.G., Congratulations on an excellent model of the Arch of Septimius Severus in Leptis Magma, modern day Libya, North Africa :happy:. Pictured below is a map of Leptis Magma showing the location of the arch within Leptis Magma (5).

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  6. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    Leptis.jpg
     
  7. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    That's really cool - the work of a true Lego master.
     
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  8. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

  9. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Thank you! The OP building was supposed to depict Septimius´ Arch on the Forum Romanum in Rome, but in an earlier episode I had also presented my Lego incarnation of the Quadrifrons he left us in Leptis Magna, Libya, that you refer to:

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  10. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

  11. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    J.G., Thanks for the correction ;). The arch in Rome is huge compared to the one in Africa :cool:.
     
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  12. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    that's a very nice representation! Do you take down previous constructions? Or do you keep them, and place them all together to perhaps rebuild Rome in lego one day? :)
     
  13. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    all except one, they are all over my place.

    I did have to demolish the Theatre of Marcellus to get material for my Colosseum.

    To recreate ancient Rome I would have to settle on a certain scale which for my individual models is usually dictated by the limited types and sizes of certain parts, especially arches and pillars.

    The Lego Minifigures come in a scale of about 1:50, which fits my Ara Pacis for example, while this would not be feasible for a Colosseum. Mine comes in at about 1:150 which is about the largest size suitable for anyone who does not do this for a living, and most of my other buildings are somewhere in between.

    What should I do?
     
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  14. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter Dealer

    Those are damn cool! Thanks for posting!
     
  15. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    What you should do is build the Circus Maximus with a chariot race. Then mail it to me as my senior gift of Christmas yet to be………Quadrigas would be nice like Ben Hur….

    My name on the structure as Richard Germanicus Greatus Guyus.
     
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