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9.7: Column of Trajan

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  • Valentina Follo (of Context Travel), Dr. Beth Harris, and Dr. Steven Zucker provide a description, historical perspective, and analysis of the Column of Trajan.

    The inscription on the base is the source of the typeface Trajan and reads (with abbreviations spelled out):

    SENATUS POPULUSQUE ROMANUS
    IMPERATORI CAESARI DIVI NERVAE FILIO NERVAE
    TRAIANO AUGUSTO GERMANICO DACICO PONTIFICI
    MAXIMO TRIBUNICIA POTESTATE XVII IMPERATORI VI CONSULI VI PATRI PATRIAE
    AD DECLARANDUM QUANTAE ALTITUDINIS
    MONS ET LOCUS TAN[TIS OPER]IBUS SIT EGESTUS

    The Senate and the People of Rome
    To Emperor Caesar Nerva Trajan Augustus, son of the divine Nerva
    Conqueror of Germany and Dacia, high priest, with the office of the tribune 17 times
    Proclaimed Imperator 6 times, elected consul 6 times, father of the Empire
    Here shows the height which this hill once stood
    Now removed for such great works as these

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    Column of Trajan, Carrara marble, completed 113 CE, Rome Dedicated to Emperor Trajan (Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus b. 53, d. 117 CE) in honor of his victory over Dacia (now Romania) 101–02 and 105–06 CE.

     

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