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The Later Roman Empire

The Later Roman Empire

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will discuss the monuments and architecture of the late empire.
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Notes on "The Later Roman Empire"

Terms to Know

Triumphal Arch

A type of monument, originating in ancient Rome, that consists of an arch built to commemorate military victory.


A statue, building, or other structure that commemorates an important event or person.


Sculptural elements taken from the buildings of a place that has been conquered and often incorporated into triumphal arches.

Decline of Form

The idea that the achievements of classical learning and humanism went into decline during the late Roman Empire, resulting in a lowering of artistic quality.


A horizontal band of sculpture, usually near the ceiling of a building.


A columned meeting hall in ancient Rome, later a church with columns.




Image of Arch of Titus, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ImageRomeArchofTitus02.jpg; Image of the Spoils of Jerusalem, Arch of Titus, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fra-titusbuen.jpg; Image of Trajan’s Column, Photo by Juan Francisco Adame Lorite, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trajan%27s_Column_Panorama.jpeg; Image of Relief from Trajan’s Column, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:046_Conrad_Cichorius,_Die_Reliefs_der_Traianss%C3%A4ule,_Tafel_XLVI_(Ausschnitt_01).jpg; Image of Arch of Constantine, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RomeConstantine%27sArch03.jpg; Image of Detail of Arch of Constantine, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Luk_Konstantyna_6DSCF0032.JPG; Image of Distribution of Largesse Panel, Arch of Constantine, Photo by William Storage, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FriezeNorth5.jpg; Image of Aula Palatina, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trier_Konstantinbasilika_BW_1.JPG; Image of Interior of Aula Palatina, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trier_Konstantinbasilika_BW_4.JPG; Image of Portrait of Constantine, Photo by Jean-Christophe Benoist, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rome-Capitole-StatueConstantin.jpg