Trajan Column and The Ara Pacis

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Purpose of Trajan Column

Trajan’s column was set up as a monument to himself and as a memorial of his work in the forum, along with the life of the roman military during the wars.

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Trajan's column was built in 113 CE. It was ordered by Trajan himself and drawn out by apollodorus of Damascus. The structure itself was made from marble drums and carved with a series of friezes to detail trajans life.

The Column's life

Still standing tall in a province of Rome, (Via dei Fori Imperiali Roma Italy, Trajan's victory in the Dacian wars along with a Range of Roman military activity such as food, home and war are depicted on the column.
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Modern day look alike

The washington monument standing tall in washington, DC is another monument that looks like it was created from inspiration of Trajan's column.
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The Ara PAcis

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The Ara Pacis is a symbol of peace, Pax, dedicated to the Roman goddess of Peace. It was built to celebrate the return of the Emperor Augustus to the city of Rome in 13 BCE from the Emperors’ campaigns in Spain and Gaul. The monument, or structure, was commissioned by the Senate in 9 BCE.


This structure was started being built in 9 BCE and completed within four years in 13 BCE. The building is constructed from Italian Luna Marble with an altar in its center, surrounded by high marble walls, on which images of different subjects are depicted on: On the panels are officials and the imperial family shown, as well as priests, sacrificial animals, and relief scenes of the Vestal Virgins. As decoration are also fruits and flowers presented.

From History until now

The Ara Pacis was located in the Campus Martius, an area in the flood plain of the Tiber; however, it is not standing today anymore. Nevertheless, pieces have been discovered over the years. The former Dictator Benito Mussolini decided to protect the pieces that have been found and commissioned to built a similar structure on the same place as before. This building has now been replaced a museum dedicated to the Ara Pacis.

Now a days these buildings became more and more unique, and a somewhat similar structure would include a grave that resembles the building, which, in America, are usually dedicated to people of a higher status in society.

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