The 'triumphal arch' has almost nothing to do with the Roman triumph, but was essentially a base for statuary. Much maligned as a piece of Roman pomposity, the arch has had an extraordinary after-life, including temporary arches for royal entries, garden buildings, war memorials (such as Matthew Digby Wyatt's Crimea one at Chatham illustrated here), and as an architectural motif at the Renaissance and subsequently. Recently the arch has been popular with dictators. They have been built all over the world. The Triumphal Arch forms the subject of Peter Howell's latest book (Unicorn Publishing Group, 2021).