Trajan's Column - Ancient Rome
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Trajan's Column

Trajan's Column
Trajan's Column, Rome

Trajan's column was built just after 100 AD to remind people in Rome about the Roman emperor Trajan's victories in a war in Dacia (DAY-see-ah) (modern Rumania). It stands in Trajan's Forum in Rome, just below Trajan's Markets, and near the old Roman Forum.

All around the column, there are pictures of the Roman soldiers fighting the war. In this picture you can see Roman soldiers crossing the Danube (DAN-youb) river in boats with oars.

trajans column

The message of the column was that the Romans were civilized and good fighters, organized and skilled (and that Trajan was a great general), while the Dacians were shaggy, messy, and confused. In this picture, you can see a ladder near the top, and some men crossing a little bridge near the bottom.

Trajan's Column

Here you can see a lot of Roman soldiers with their shields over their heads in the testudo formation (it means "turtle").

Trajan's Column

Here you can see the little windows in the column, to light up the spiral staircase that goes up the inside.

Trajan's Column

Use a paper towel cardboard roll to draw your own story on a column
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Bibliography and further reading about Trajan's Column:

You Are in Ancient Rome, by Ivan Minnis (2004). For younger kids.

Ancient Rome: A Guide to the Glory of Imperial Rome, by Jonathan Stroud (2000). A day as a time-travelling tourist in ancient Rome, for kids.

Spend the Day in Ancient Rome : Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life, by Linda Honan (1998). Has an activity for making your own column out of a paper-towel roll.

Trajan's Column, by Frank Lepper and Sheppard Frere (2005).

Trajan's column and the Dacian wars, by Lino Rossi (1971). Rather out of date.

Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine, by Nancy and Andrew Ramage (4th Edition 2004).The standard textbook.

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