PALMYRA/arches of history
Homs/Syria (the Arch was built at the time of Emperor Septimius Severus, probably to celebrate the emperor's victories over the Parthians. An unusual aspect of the arch is that it was designed in order to minimize the effect of a 30 degree angle in the long colonnaded street which crossed the town; the lateral arches were duplicated and given a different orientation so that overall the arch seems to be perfectly perpendicular to the street on both sides. The arch has an elaborate decoration, typical of that period, and similar to that which can be seen at Leptis Magna, the birthplace of the emperor...)
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