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Trajan’s column, (113 CE), stands in the Forum Romanum of Rome and is a commemorative monument decorated with reliefs illustrating Roman emperor Trajan’s two military campaigns in Dacia (modern Romania). The column stands 38 m tall (125 ft) and consists of 19 drums of Italian white marble. It stands on an 8-block base and is topped by a two-block pedestal. The column was in all likelihood built by Trajan’s architect Apollodorus of Damascus. (Info by Mark Cartwright) -- AHE

Trajans Column

Trajan’s column, erected in 113 CE, stands in Trajan's Forum in Rome and is a commemorative monument decorated with reliefs illustrating Roman.

Forum of Trajan (reconstruction).

The Imperial Fora of Rome, possibly the Forum of Trajan. Until the reign of…

Reconstruction drawing of Forum of Trajan. Rome, Italy. Apollodorus of Damascus. Forum and markets: 106–112 C.E.; column completed 113 C.E. Brick and concrete (architecture); marble (column).

Reconstruction drawing of Forum of Trajan. Apollodorus of Damascus. Forum and markets: C. column completed 113 C. Brick and concrete (architecture);

Before the beginning of the Roman Empire (1st century BCE), there were many empires (the Babylonian/the Persian/Macedonian). All of these empires had great leaders, yet, according to history these great men were called kings; emperor was never used. In contrast, the Roman Empire didn’t have a king; it had an emperor. Before Rome was an empire, it was a republic with a history of democratic rule. After ousting the Etruscans & their king, the city-state was ruled by a Senate. -- AHE

Roman Emperor

Prior to the birth of the Roman Empire in the latter part of the first century BCE, there had existed many empires among these were the Assyrian, the Babylonian.

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