The Column of Trajan tells a long winding story

Left: My close-up photo of the Colonna Traiana frieze. Right: Stock photo of the full length column.

Located in Rome, Italy, the Colonna Traiana (Column of Trajan) commemorates the Roman emperor Trajan’s victory in the Dacian wars (101-102 and 105-106). The column completed in 113 AD, shows episodes in the war in a continuous spiral bas relief.

The column structure is about 30 meters tall, or 35 meters with the large pedestal. The frieze is approximately 190 meters long winding around the shaft 23 times. Looking at the column from one vantage point it appears as a 23 layered story.

The column shows 2,662 figures, and 155 scenes; Trajan himself appearing on the column 58 times.

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