¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The arch is well preserved. It was built by Constantine the Great, A.D. 311 after the victory over Maxentius, and when Constantine had declared himself in favor of Christianity, as shown by a lengthy latin inscription- above the central arch- The alto-relievo above is fine, but its because it was robbed from the triumphal arch of Trajan which stood at the entrance to Trajans Forum.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Constantines age was incompetent to do such work, and notwithstanding the examples and models everywhere before them the sculptures since the beginning of the second century until within the past two or three centuries, have not been able to equal those before the christian Era.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The sculptures represent Trajans “entry into Rome”, “prolongation of the Via Appia”, “Causing poor children to be educated”, “condemning a barbarian”, and four medallions of hunting scenes. On the other side (as shown in the photo) “Trajan crowning the Parthian King Parthamaspates”, “Conducting two barbarians into his presence”, “addressing the army”, “Sacrificing”, and four hunting medallions. And on the sides ^ends^ [sic] “battles with the Dacians”- +c- Some additions by Constantine show the relative merits-