Nemesi la dea dell'arco di Traiano

Aglaia McClintock


Trajan’s Arch in Benevento still holds many mysteries. I suggest a new interpretation of the female figure standing on the keystones of the Arch. Notwithstanding other considerations the predominant position itself demonstrates the importance bestowed on the force or divinity placed on top of each keystone, overlooking all the other images sculpted on the panels. It is almost certainly Nemesis, the Greek goddess of justice who had been imported into Rome to represent imperial justice and had specific ties to Trajan, the ‘just’ ruler.

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