Column for sale by Christie's auction: circa 2nd-3rd century AD, estimation between 6,000-8,000 GBP. Description: The column is surmounted by a capital composed of Ionic scrolls, which emerge from an acanthus calyx, topped by an abacus decorated with rosettes. It is likely that this object functioned as a furniture attachment or a support. Let's talk a bit about the Roman's columns. The style of the Roman column took a lot of the Greek style, but the real legacy of the Romans is the monumental column. It was richly decorated by Roman architects. It is the column of the public squares of Rome, in the form of a single large tower at great height. Still called commemorative columns, these Roman columns were used most of the time to commemorate victories. Compared to the Greek columns, the Roman column has less purity in its construction and is much simpler. But to compensate , the Romans bet on a remarkable solidity and practical use. They were carved in stone, marble or alabaster. Here are the 4 different styles used by the Roman architects and builders: The Doric column is based on the proportions of the male body and its robust archetype. The Doric's exemplifies proportion, strength, grace and balance of the masculine body. With light, fluid organic lines, this order alludes to the lines of female body, characterized by feminine slenderness. In composition, the Ionic's presents a broader base, allowing to receive greater load; a slender shaft which widens slightly as it reaches the base; and capitals with scrolls (volutes). As the most refined style of all, these columns present a series of details and designs highly thought out and elaborated to imitate the "thin figure of a girl". Sprouts and leaves of acanthus characterize the three-dimensional drawing of sculptural stones. Developed from the union of the classical Ionic and Corinthians columns, this style is the most elaborate of all orders, with ionic scrolls and Corinthian sprouts. Marcus Aurelius' Column (Doric Style) is in total 130 ft high; it is built of 27 or 28 blocks of Luni marble from Tuscany, Italy. The spiral relief tells the story of the Danubian or Marcoman wars of Marcus Aurelius, waged by him from 166 AD until his death. Trajan's Column commemorates the victory of the Roman emperor Trajan in the Dacian wars. The structure is about 115 feet high including its large pedestral; the shaft is made from a series of 20 colossal Luni marble drums. Trajan's column Dupondius The CHALLENGE now is to find in your collection coins featuring columns. I present you a few of mine. A classical: Nero's Janus temple, door flanked by two columns. Geta from Lydia, Apollo leaning on column (in a very relax pose). Claudius II, Providentia leaning on column (Where all these handy columns came from I can't tell...) Please show me your "columnial" coins !