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Arch of Janus

The so-called Arch of Janus was not actually dedicated to that Roman god; it is the only surviving ancient quadrifrons triumphal arch in Rome.

The Arch of Janus is the only quadrifrons triumphal arch preserved in Rome, across a crossroads in the Velabrum-Forum Boarium. It was built in the early 4th century, using spolia, possibly in honour of Constantine I or Constantius II. Its current name probably dates from the Renaissance or later, and was not used to describe it in classical antiquity. The name is derived from the structure's four-fronted, four-arched configuration; relating this to the four-faced version of Janus (Ianus Quadrifons), as well as to actual Janus-related structures mentioned in historic descriptions of ancient Rome.

The arch as it appeared in the mid-18th century; with its upper stage & fortifications still partly intact.

In the San Giorgio al Velabro.

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