Trajan, a master of political marketing, from 2 thousand years ago. And now you can testify how incredible and powerful is the image of such a column.
Trajan built this column to show, to document his victories. On the history told, the idea of Victory is shared across the ones who see the column itself - as it's an incredible and colossal work carved on 22 blocks of marble.
So, Trajan was doing his own propaganda and at the same time, entering into history with this unique monument. But the most impressive was the idea of telling the history in the format of a column, something that was never seeing before.
Check out for a Khan Academy video about this column, 5 minutes that really worth to understand the idea.
- It's possible to enter into the column and have a good view from upstairs, but obviously if you go upstairs you won't be able to see the history itself carved on the column
- in the via Alessandrina there's a representation of the whole history in a continuous line, which helps a lot to understand the war represented in the column
- the column entrance, by the time I visited, was not open
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