Trajan's column (again)

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by cmezner, Mar 2, 2022.

  1. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    Afraid not. I lived in Rome for five years and that is Piazza della colona on the via del corso. The column was erected by Marcus Aurelius ( if I recall it was at least partly in honor of his predecessor Antoninus Pius). It is actually a very beautiful column, though not as big as Trajan's. Trajan's column is in His forum, close to the Vittorio Emanuel monument (the so called "wedding cake" monument.
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  3. octavius

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    Trajan's column
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  4. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I suspect that I was aware of the difference back when I took the photo, and simply forgot which was which over the years. I'll have to go back and look at all the other photos I took to see if there's one of Trajan's column as well. The photo I posted was the first one I came across the last time I looked.
  5. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    I think it would be a good excuse for you to go back to Rome and have a closer look. By the way , there is a fantastic restaurant next to Trajan's column called Ristorante Ulpia (named after him). Great Carbonara, with nice crusty bread, saltimboca romana, and a chilled wine from Frascati.
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  6. DonnaML

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    You're making me hungry!
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  7. akeady

    akeady Well-Known Member

    I spent a few days in Rome in January...


    I'd better add a few relevant coins :D

    Yummy :D
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  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    We stayed in Frascati and trained daily to Rome. It was August and very hot in Rome, but Frascati was somewhat cooler. I would recommend to anyone going to Rome during the hottest months.
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  9. Ancient Aussie

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    Trajan's column is near his markets and is below ground level as your poster shows and my pics ITALY 2012 1085.jpg ITALY 2012 1070.jpg
    Here's a description of M/Aurelius column not far from Trajan's.....
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  10. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the great photos!

    I looked through all the photos I have from Rome in 2008 and couldn't find any of Trajan's column, although I'm pretty sure that my son and I did see it in addition to the Marcus Aurelius column.

    Can anyone identify the location of the obelisk in this photo I found?

    IMG_1393 Rome 2008 Obelisk.JPG
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  11. Dwarf

    Dwarf Active Member

    Piazza del popolo

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  12. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    Thank you!
  13. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    Piazza del popolo is at the very end of via del corso where the column of Marcus Aurelius is.
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  14. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    I probably took the two photos on the same day, then.
  15. Marsman

    Marsman Well-Known Member

    That obelisk has an impressive history. Built by Seti I and finished by Ramses II.
    Brought to Rome by command of Augustus.
    It once stood on the spina of the Circus Maximus.
    When I visited Rome a few days ago nobody took any interest in this obelisk but I found it a most fascinating monument of ancient times.
    If this obelisk could speak …..
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  16. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    Actually that is St Peter's square and that obelisk was brought over from Egypt by Caligula. It stood in the circus of Nero which originally ran through the left half (facing) St. Peter's Basilica.

    below is the obelisk standing in Piazza del Popolo...

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  17. Ancient Aussie

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    It is the column in St Peters square, where Rome and the Vatican boundaries are.
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  18. Dwarf

    Dwarf Active Member

    I should visit Rome again:angelic:
    Remembering Piazza San Pietro one late night in January 20 years ago - completely empty, just a light in the Pope’s window shining.
    Just unforgettable
    And sorry for this misinformation
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  19. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Congratulations on the fine acquisition, @cmezner!

    Rome mint, CE 114-115
    AR denarius, 18 mm, 3.7 gm
    Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC. Laureate and draped bust right
    Rev: P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R. Trajan’s column surmounted by statue of Trajan, holding patera and scepter; two eagles at base
    Ref: RIC II 35

    The Trajan's Column website you mentioned is full of fun information and pictures. For instance, Trajan appears 59 times in the friezes. He is distinctive and the carving realistic enough to pick him out, although with 2600 figures to sort through it's a bit like finding Waldo.

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  20. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    A wonderful example. I've enjoyed browsing that website a number of times. The level of detail is truly amazing. I know that the scenes were all painted originally, but the efforts I've seen to reproduce their appearance seem very garish to my admittedly modern eye.
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  21. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    @octavius and @Ancient Aussie, thank you for the proper identification of the obelisk in my photo. I know that my son and I visited St. Peter's and the Vatican Museum, etc. -- my memory isn't quite that bad yet! -- so it makes sense that I would have photographed the obelisk in St. Peter's Square.

    @Dwarf, no apologies necessary. There are, after all, eight Egyptian obelisks in Rome (see the list at, and they do all look pretty much alike except at the base and in the buildings around them.

    PS: I am waiting for Egypt to demand the return of all eight of them as important cultural heritage stolen by rapacious Europeans.
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