’Spoils of war in Orange.’
This relief on the Roman triumphal arch of Orange shows an unusual chaotic composition, not seen very often in classical art, since it likes order and symmetry. It is deliberate, as the image depicts a pile of shields, helmets daggers and other weapons of conquered Gauls.
Roman Orange was founded in 35 BC by veterans of the Second Augustan Legion and the reliefs on the arch celebrate two of their victories, one at sea and the other against the Gauls. Photo Paul Smit.