Trajan's column
The Tropaeum of Senex Caecilius

Originally consisting of arms taken from the enemy and hung on the trunk of a tree, the term tropaeum refers to a monument of victory. Eventually the tree trunk was replaced by a pillar, an arch, or the like, and the arms became the various carved or painted representations of objects associated with victory or achievement: trophies.

The object on the left is Trajan's Column in the Forum of Trajan in Rome.

Best Domus '99
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Classical Excellence Award
This award from Tiberius Aelius represents a perfect score on some of the quizzes that are posted at his ludus in Baiae.

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Grammar Award

Schola Lingvae Latinae: Grammar Contest
April 10, 2003


Super Summer Crosssword Puzzle Challenge
August 23, 2005

If you want more information about trophies and monuments, consider these sources:

  • A selection of images from the Maecenas collection by Leo C. Curran includes various views and details of the Column and Forum of Trajan in Rome.
  • More images from the Maecenas collection include views of the Arch of Titus, which commemorates the victories of Titus and his father Vespasian over the Jews.
  • Another group of images from the Maecenas collection shows the Arch of Septimius Severus, which depicts rather minor victories over the Arabs and Parthians.
  • A few images from the Maecenas collection focus on the Arch of Constantine, which is covered with reliefs stolen from other arches and public buildings!

    photo credit: Leo C. Curran, courtesy of Maecenas

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